Ronald McDonald House Hamilton Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Matthew Le Blanc

Tel: 555-555-5555

E-mail: matthew.le-blanc@mohawkcollege.ca

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE HAMILTON AND FRENDEL KITCHENS LIMITED PARTNER TO BRING FAMILIES CLOSER TO HOME

Hamilton, ON, Feb. 2, 2012 – Families staying at Hamilton’s Ronald McDonald House will soon find themselves right at home as a new, fully equipped kitchen is conveniently built right on site. The new kitchen, donated by Frendel Kitchen Limited, will have three stations, each with their own stove, sink, appliances and cutlery. Families will be able to cook their favourite meals for loved ones without ever leaving the comforts of the house.

“We didn’t want to take away the opportunity for the families to cook for themselves,” says Patti Majcher, the Director of Family Services at Ronald McDonald House Hamilton. “Some families find it very therapeutic. Sometimes a mother, grandmother or sister-in-law will like to make meals for their families or there may be something [the house] cooks for dinner that families might not like. For one reason or the other, we didn’t want to remove the traditional family kitchen.”

Interview with Patti Majcher, Director of Family Services at Ronald McDonald House

The Hamilton house thanks Gabe DeSantis, who is the president of Homes by DeSantis and in charge of the renovations the house has been receiving, for reaching out to his suppliers and vendors and finding a donor in Frendel Kitchens Limited.

“We are pleased to donate a custom built kitchen for the Ronald McDonald House that can be used by families to cook meals for their families,” says Ben Boudreau, Sales Representative for Frendel Kitchens Limited. “Our flexible line of kitchens are designed to meet the needs of today’s modern living environments and families should feel right at home when preparing their meals.”

In the past, many of the Ronald McDonald Houses implemented a Home for Dinner meal program where families were treated to home cooked meals, prepared by volunteers. Now, with the Hamilton House growing from 15 to 40 rooms, having volunteers cook for over 100 people would no longer be feasible. Giving families the opportunity to cook for their loved ones helps alleviate this issue and allows families to regroup with a meal prepared just the way they like it. Families will also be allowed to store their groceries within the home for quick and easy access.

“Historically we’ve always had a space in the kitchen for everybody’s food,” says Majcher. “However, it was always really hard to clarify whose food was who’s when you were giving someone a tour. With the new design, across the hall we’ve put lockable cupboards for the families to store their food. The cupboards are going to be in a separate room away from the kitchen to eliminate confusion. Everything that is in that kitchen will be for families.”

Majcher says because of food allergies this new way of storing goods will make for a safer environment and will also help cut down on wasted food products, such as peanut butter and other opened groceries.

 

About Ronald McDonald House Hamilton

Ronald McDonald House Hamilton (RMHH) is conveniently located next to the internationally recognized McMaster Children’s Hospital, which is known for its neo-natal health and juvenile cancer treatments. The house is independently owned and operated by Kid’s Care Oncology Central West Ontario, a charitable organization.

RMHH relies heavily on community support and the volunteers that donate their time to help make RMHH home to every day moments. RMHH is open to a wide range of communities, such as Brant, Dufferin, Haldimand-Norfolk, Halton, Niagara, Waterloo, Wellington, and even those coming in from other provinces or countries.

For more information please visit http: //www.RMHHamilton.ca

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