Saturday, January 28, 2012

Dinner at the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland

Who knew making dinner could be such a profound (and profoundly fun) experience? When Scott, Josh, Krista, Neal, Justin, Chris, Sharon and Tracey from Century Cycles headed down to the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland on a snowy afternoon last week, they were prepared to make "breakfast for dinner" for the families, staff, and volunteers at the house that evening. They brought the fixings for buttermilk pancakes, lots of bacon, and egg stratas in a variety of flavors, as well the ever-popular blender bike to make smoothies. They were not prepared to truly learn the meaning of the houses motto: "Many hearts. One home."

It was such an honor to cook for the families, some of whom have been staying at the house for months as a child has received treatment at local hospitals. It was a pleasure to bring smiles to the faces of anyone who saw the blender bike in action. And it was an education to see the amazing and so-very-necessary services provided by the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland for families from all over the world. The house never has a vacancy, which is why they have begun a campaign to expand it to help even more people.

We had such a blast making dinner that we are already looking forward to the next time we can do it. We also highly encourage any other company, group, or individual to cook a meal at the house -- just call the wonderful Laura Klingler Doyle at 216-229-5758 (ext. 102) to make the arrangements. You can also help the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland in so many other ways -- from marking your calendar for June 2 to ride with us on our special Night Ride benefit to collecting supplies for their wish list to Tackling the Tower on February 4!

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