Making a Happy Place

By Stacey Greenberg / Photography By Chip Chockley | April 24, 2016
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“You think you are coming to help them, but they help you...”

notes Preston King, director of the Missions Ministry at New Olivet Baptist Church. He’s been bringing groups to feed the residents of Ronald McDonald House three or four times a year for the past 23 years. The groups prepare the meal at their church in the morning, and then bring everything over. Their specialty is fried and baked chicken.

“It’s great to see the children having fun, and we enjoy sitting down and eating with the families,” says Preston.

The Ronald McDonald House is home away from home for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital patients and their families. The stays can last anywhere from 9 to 90 days. (Patients needing a longer stay go to Target House, a long-term lodging facility.) The rooms have two beds, a bathroom, a TV, and a small fridge for medicine. There are several common areas, including the kitchen, to encourage guests to get out of their rooms and enjoy social time.

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