One night this week 15 folks from our Embassy cooked a big dinner for about 30 residents of the Ronald McDonald House here in Wellington. One long-term resident of the House told us that it was the best meal she had had during her seven-week stay. The Embassy crew cooked so much that there were leftovers for breakfast and lunch at the House the next day.
Located on Riddiford Street in Newtown, the Ronald McDonald House provides accommodations and other support for up to 12 families of sick, out-of-town children who face long stays in Wellington Hospital. In desperate need of more space, the House is in the midst of a fundraising drive to build a new facility that will accommodate 34 families. In addition to cash, any type of donation – including toys and blankets – that might make a family’s stay more pleasant are always welcome.