Ronald McDonald House launches Home for Dinner program

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Host a dinner party and make a difference in the lives of children undergoing medical treatment by providing them with support for family meals away from home.

The initiative is part of the Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon’s new “Home for Dinner” program, which encourages people to plan a dinner at their home or at their favourite restaurant to support families in need.

“There is such comfort in sharing a meal with loved ones at the end of the day,” says Richard Pass, CEO of Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon. “Families staying at the House are focused on ensuring their children receive crucial medical treatment, and often do not have the resources to engage in this powerful tradition.”

Hosts can cook a meal and suggest their guests bring a donation instead of a hostess gift or pay for a group of friends to eat together at a restaurant and ask that they donate as a gesture of thanks for the meal.

The funds raised will go towards meals for families staying at Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver while their child or children are undergoing life-saving medical treatment.

By hosting a Home for Dinner event, the community can come together to give back and make a difference in a way that is both simple and meaningful,” Pass says.

Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon is owned and operated by the Children’s Family House Society of BC. The organization runs a 73-bedroom property on the BC Children’s Hospital grounds that serves 2,000 families every year that must travel to Vancouver for their children’s medical treatments.

Sign up on the Home for Dinner website to get started and share the experience using the #HomeforDinner hashtag on social media.

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