We’re not going to name any names. We’re all about protecting the innocent, the not-so-innocent and everyone who has ever struggled with fractions.
And while our group was handling the baking, Brontos fanned across the community to other organizations as part of our quarterly volunteer week. Brontos worked at the Diaper Bank of North Carolina, the Food Bank of East and Central North Carolina and other locations to volunteer.
After we finished baking, Volunteer Manager Clay Ragan gave us a short tour and told us about the history of the house. It was the thirteenth Ronald McDonald House built and one of the first that wasn’t underwritten by an National Football League (NFL) team. While McDonald’s has always been a sponsor, it was NFL player Fred Hill, whose child was treated for leukemia, who came up with the idea to get NFL teams to help fund some of the first houses.
The Ronald McDonald House is a busy place. A shuttle whisks families to and from the hospital. A small classroom serves the children staying at the house. There is a sunny communal dining room, a game room, and a lobby with a fireplace where the therapy dogs visit with families. Families came in and out of the kitchen as we whipped up our baking disasters and successes. But in the end, we left dozens of bags of properly baked, delicious treats for the patients and their families.