By Keara Brosnan
Colorado’s Secretary of State’s office employees trekked through the snow Sunday to serve an evening meal for residents at the Ronald McDonald House in Denver.
“They thought with the weather we might change our plans, but they were so appreciative that we didn’t,” said Hilary Rudy, deputy director of elections. “It was a lot of fun and well worth it.”
Rudy and her colleagues bought chicken, mashed potatoes, salad and cookies with money from the office’s Employee Relations Committee. She estimated they served around 55 people.
“What we learned was to buy more chicken than you think you need and then double that,” Rudy said with a laugh.
Rudy had heard about the volunteer opportunity through a friend and noted that it was easy to sign up online through the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver website.
“It was great,” staffer Ben Schler said. “It was fun. I’d do it again.”
Holly Sullivan, one of the two house managers at the Ronald McDonald House of Denver, said a wide variety of groups volunteer to provide families with a warm dinner. Sometimes families cook for the residents and other times it’s members of Greek life, sports teams or clubs.
Families nationwide stay at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver while their children receive treatment at local hospitals.
“We couldn’t do this without the support of our community,” Holly Sullivan said. “Families spend so much time at the hospital and maybe they snack at the hospital, but they come back to our facility and to eat a home-cooked meal is special.
“It’s a special time where families get to meet other families and know that they are not isolated.”
Keara Brosnan is a University of Denver student interning with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.