When families’ health needs take them far from home, Ronald Mcdonald house gives them a place to stay where they can all be together. They provide care, comfort, compassion, and community when these families need it most. Dealing with an illness and having to be away from home is obviously challenging any time of year, but during the holidays it can be especially tough. That’s why, every year, SPUD cooks a full roast turkey dinner for Ronald Mcdonald house guests.
For the past five years, SPUD has been roasting turkeys, mashing potatoes, making gravy (and all the fixings!) for around 100 people at our annual Ronald Mcdonald house dinner, but this year’s dinner was truly one to remember. Why? There was no power.
A windstorm knocked out the house’s power just hours before the SPUD team arrived to start getting dinner ready. Although generators powered the house’s lights, the kitchen appliances were out of service. So what were we to do with five expertly brined turkeys? Luckily, the events organizer and SPUD’s buisness development team member Kris Sauro had an idea – barbecue them! Ronald Mcdonald house luckily had four barbecues, so Kris and the team set to work grilling the turkeys and all the veggies. Instead of a traditional roast turkey dinner, everyone enjoyed juicy barbecued turkey sandwhiches with plenty of grilled veggies and fresh salad. Not your standard holiday dinner, but definitley an experience none of us will ever forget!
The SPUD team truly appreciates the opportunity to give back to our community by providing this meal each year, and we’re so grateful to Ronald Mcdonald house for having us. We hope next year is just as memorable (but we wouldn’t say no to some electricity either).