Members of the Bartlett Fire Protection District, in cooperation with Operation North Pole, provided meals to the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House at University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 3.
The firefighters purchased and donated the ingredients to cook homemade pizza, pasta, chicken fingers, salad and desserts for over 40 people. Additionally the firefighters raised $440 to help the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House.
Families of children receiving treatment at University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital are eligible to stay at the facility regardless of income. The house has the ability to provide short- and long-term housing for up to 22 families.
"This was an extremely gratifying experience," said Firefighter/Paramedic Wayne Maulding, "Some of the children and families have been at this house for over one year. They have serious health issues; and it was our intention to provide the family with an opportunity to enjoy a home-cooked meal without worrying about the logistics of preparation. The family can concentrate on their child, not their next meal."
Maulding added, "While there were a dozen of us that served the meal, many more helped with the preparation, donation of food, and financial support to make this happen."
Donors included Bartlett Fire Protection District employees, friends, and families; Greco and Sons, and Bartlett Firefighters Local 3982.
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