On Saturday, June 8, 2013, employees of Seton Canada and IDenticam came together to participate in the Home for Dinner program for the Ronald McDonald House Toronto.
Ronald McDonald House Toronto provides out-of-town families with a “home away from home” while their seriously ill children receive life-saving medical treatment at local hospitals.
The Home for Dinner program invites groups of volunteers to prepare a meal for the families staying in the House. A total of 7 Seton Canada and IDenticam employees, as well as their family and friends, participated in the event.
“It was amazing, it was a great experience,” said Sherry Currie, a Seton Canada Volunteer Program team member.
After shopping for groceries in the morning, the team met at the RMD house at 2:30 pm and started preparing dinner for approximately 135 people. The menu consisted of a green salad, grilled vegetables, and pasta with meatballs and red sauce for the main course, as well as fruit and ice cream sandwiches for dessert.
“Overall there was a desire for us to work together, especially in the community. This was an opportunity for everyone to get together to donate time, rather than just money,” said Seton Canada’s Employee Volunteer Program Coordinator, Shehzad Hamza.
Some of the volunteers were also given a tour of the House, located in downtown Toronto. The House offers amenities such as a playground, a small movie theatre, laundry services, a gym and even a school that both children undergoing treatment and their siblings can attend.
“We had a lot of fun,” Hamza said. “The best part was the families; a few came over and thanked us for their meal.”
“I highly recommend it,” Currie said. “I think we’re going to try to do it again. And a lot of other employees want to be involved.”
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