Dinner for 50 at Ronald McDonald House
Surrey, B.C. – Enjoying a full, home cooked dinner is often impossible for guests of Ronald McDonald House, who devote their energy to supporting seriously ill loved ones. Fifty guests of Ronald McDonald House at Surrey Memorial Hospital were treated to a delicious dinner courtesy of a Sutton - Premier Realty team. REALTOR® Shahin Soheili purchased groceries then his assistant, Teresa DeSousa, and her family rolled up their sleeves to prepare a memorable meal.
The elaborate menu featured chicken and sausage cacciatore, penne primavera, spring salad, kale salad with nuts and cranberries, Calabrese bread, baked pears with walnuts and pomegranate seeds, apple crumble with vanilla ice cream, ice cream sundaes with toppings and an assortment of bars, pastries and brownies.
“We volunteered because we have all experienced stays in the hospital for various reasons and know what it’s like to be away from home and not to be able to enjoy a nice home cooked meal,” says Shahin. “It was something that we all felt we wanted and needed to do especially close to the holidays. We are all very fortunate to have our families in our lives and just wanted to share some of that with the families at RMH.”
The warm reception they received from the families and staff at Ronald McDonald House made the effort all the more rewarding.
“We were given a very nice Christmas card signed by many of the families,” says Teresa. “The coordinator of the Surrey Family Room of Ronald McDonald House shared the positive feedback from the families. They talked about how good the food was and how thankful they were for the meal and our thoughtfulness.”
This was Shahin and Teresa’s first time volunteering to cook dinner at Ronald McDonald House, but it won’t be their last. They are already planning to prepare another dinner in the spring.
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