The Girl Scout Cadettes from Troop 1171 decided to give back to their community by making and serving a meal to the families staying at the Orange County Ronald McDonald House. Located in Orange, CA. the idea behind the Orange County Ronald McDonald House is simple: “Provide a comfortable and affordable home away from home for families shouldering the burdens associated with a child who is being treated at a nearby hospital.”
The troop had to split into 2 groups since only 12 people are allowed to be there at any one time. The first group that went, decided to make a Chinese food buffet. Their menu consisted of an Asian salad, edemame, dumplings, broccoli beef, teriyaki chicken and sticky white rice. The kitchen at the Ronald McDonald house is very large and beautifully equipped which made it easy for the girls to be in charge of all the prep work and most of the cooking. The adult leaders helped with the dishes the girls had never cooked before and they caught on amazingly fast. One by one the families began to arrive and to the troop’s surprise they were all extremely excited to have Chinese food!! Everyone came back for seconds and even thirds. It was great to have the girls interact with the families and see the end result of their efforts. And the tired families were thankful for a delicious hot meal after spending the day at the hospital with their child.
When dinner was finished and it was time to clean up, the girls worked together as a well oiled machine, everyone pitched in and cleared tables, did the dishes, put everything away and cleaned the floors. According to leader Lorraine Grob “We left the Ronald McDonald House better than we found it, which is the Girl Scout Way!” Not to forget the other half of the troop- the second group came and cooked another night, making an All-American meal including mini meat loaves. The best part of this service project was that from start to finish the Cadettes worked together as a team. They Discovered an area of common interest in which they wanted to help. They Connected as a group and worked out a plan to make it happen and they Took Action to make the world a better place. If you are not a Girl Scout- Discover + Connect + Take Action = Leadership in the Girl Scout program.
If you are interested in more about the Ronald McDonald House- you can read this and more on their website. “Since some of the children and families have to travel very long distances to get the medical attention they need- the Ronald McDonald house helps alleviate some of the stress. The Orange County Ronald McDonald House offers a comfortable, supportive and affordable alternative for these families. It’s a temporary home near their child’s hospital where they can sleep, eat, relax and find encouragement from others. It is much more than just a nice place to stay. It helps to anchor families in very trying times. Hospital treatments may last a day, a month or more than a year. For the families of these children, affordable accommodations are few and far between. Often, they are limited to costly hotels or unforgiving hospital chairs. “It can reduce stress by providing a venue where people can talk things out with others who are wrestling with the same issues. The actual cost for one family per night is approximately $150. However, families are asked to pay only $10 per day. If that isn’t possible, their stay is free.”
Orange County Ronald McDonald House- ronaldhouseoc.org
Orange County Girl Scouts- www.girlscoutsoc.org
Girl Scouts USA- www.girlscouts.org