Tucked away in Camden, New Jersey, is a remarkable home creating smiles for families of seriously ill and injured children from all around the world. Many of these children are being treated at nearby hospitals and in many cases require long term care. As board members of an organization called NEWH (Network of Executive Women in Hospitality), we recently hosted dinner and bingo night for 21 families! The impact that this nestled and protected home-away-from home left us with is outstanding!
There are so many opportunities to give back to the community and we all give back for different reasons. In November of 2014, our CEO lost a family member that changed us all. Cody Sears was an amazing 17-year-old kid who by the young age of 21 lost his 5-year battle with cancer. It was an emotional time for everyone involved, especially since Cody was so unbelievably loved. Part of Cody’s journey was staying at the Ronald McDonald house in Baltimore with his family. As the Community Service Director of NEWH, our job was to create a community event within the Philadelphia area. We instantly thought of a house that not only made Cody and his family happy, but continues to bring joy to others every day!
From the moment we walked in, until the moment we left, you could feel the love and care within the beautifully decorated home. Organizations, families, and corporations donate time and money to ensure the interior is light-hearted, comfortable and engaging.
With the help of other NEWH members, we served up an array of dishes and tasty treats. We really enjoyed connecting with the team members and families, especially when we played bingo with everyone!
To interact with so many grateful and brave families within this sweet haven was an amazing and unforgettable experience. It also reminded us all that we have many blessings in our lives!
For those of you interested in helping please check out the Ronald McDonald House website: http://ronaldhouse-snj.org/get-involved/.
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