June 26, 2010
A group of enthusiastic HOBA volunteers arrived early to serve breakfast to families at the Ronald McDonald House. The day began with John Frederick, who works at the house, providing an introduction to the organization's mission. He explained that the house invites families with children who are being treated for illnesses at San Francisco hospitals to stay as long as they need.
Now, it was time to decide on the menu. After much deliberation, the consensus was scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee cake, fresh fruit salad, orange juice, and coffee (which was--to everyone's delight--offered to volunteers throughout the day).
Everyone worked tirelessly, cutting, baking, frying and pouring, all the while taking cues from volunteers who frequent the Ronald McDonald House to serve meals. Our project leader, De'Anna Castro, said that she had volunteered there for an astonishing four years. Inspired (and worn out), volunteers were invited to eat.
The volunteers, John, and the families, sat together at the tables and enjoyed the delicious, home-cooked breakfast. After eating and observing one of the curious kids explore the playroom, bacon in one hand, toy in the other, it was time for a quick clean-up.
Once the kitchen was clean, volunteers left with smiling faces, knowing they had brightened the residents' mornings and could leave just as fulfilled as they were full.