On Friday, August 28, the Mi-Corporation team sponsored our first of many dinners to come at the Ronald McDonald House of Durham located on Duke University’s campus. We cannot THANK our generous food donors enough--Smokey’s BBQ Shack of Morrisville, NC and Anna’s Gourmet Goodies of Raleigh, NC--for donating the delicious fixings for Friday’s meal!
Established in 1980, the Durham-based Ronald McDonald House was the 13th House to be constructed in the nation—and was the first to be established without the support of a professional football team. Instead, the House is completely funded by the local community, has expanded to house 55 families each night, and has maintained an average occupancy rate of 97.5%.
Upon first arriving at the Ronald McDonald House of Durham (RMHD), the love and compassion that has gone into this House could be felt even before stepping through the lobby doorway. Located on Duke University’s campus, the lush vegetation and beautiful landscaping surrounding the home made us feel very calm and at ease as we walked up to the house from the nearby parking lot.
As we entered through the main doorway into the lobby, RMHD’s cheerful and friendly staff welcomed us and led us back to their industrial-sized kitchen. As we walked through, we were completely awed by the grand fireplace and inspiring artwork that filled the community hangout space, truly making the area feel like a warm and cozy living room.
Once we had all the food, drink and serve-ware set out buffet-style, some of our team went to work on baking some brownies for dessert, and we even had time for a grand tour of the House!
Our tour-guide took us around the various floors, shared facts and stories about the House, explained all the colorfully decorated tiles covering the ceiling throughout the building (created by families staying at the house), and so much more. We laughed, we cried, and most importantly our hearts were warmed by all that the RMHD does for families staying at the home with sick children that are more often than not fighting for their lives.
We highly recommend a visit to the Ronald McDonald House of Durham for anyone living in or traveling to the Raleigh-Durham area. There are many ways to help support the House whether by purchasing a t-shirt, collecting soda pop tabs or simply making a donation of food, household items, and books among other necessities.
While Mi-Corporation has supported the RMHD for some time, specifically on their mobile form/data collection software needs, it was an amazing experience for all of us to get to visit the House in-person, meet many of the families staying at the house, and have the opportunity to be part of a great cause. We look forward to sponsoring more meals to come at the Ronald McDonald House of Durham, and hope all the families enjoyed the meal.