My family volunteered Monday night to lead Bingo at the Ronald McDonald House in Charlotte. We arrived a little early, so we were given a tour by another House volunteer. This RMH has been open for only a year and is absolutely gorgeous, boasting 35,000 square feet of living space and 28 lovely rooms! From the huge fish tank in the reception area, the cozy fireplace living room groupings with large flat screen tv’s, and the beautiful commercial-size kitchen to the play room for little ones, laundry room, and teen room complete with movies, computers, and games, this house has it all. Brad commented, “This is the nicest place I hope I never have to stay.”
With different activities throughout the week for guests, Monday nights are Bingo nights. We spread the prizes across a table and added some prizes of our own that we had brought (candy bars). Seven guests played with us, each of our kids taking turns to spin the numbers and call them out. The guests had a lot of fun, even getting a friendly competition going!
Here is Luke calling out the numbers, confirming with Dad first, as he practices saying double digits!
I really enjoyed this opportunity because the Ferguson Five could participate together! The RMH has lots of volunteer jobs, and we plan to go back as part of the Cookie Crew beginning in September. The RMH has a cookie crew come in every day and make fresh baked cookies for their guests. We will get to make and bake homemade chocolate chip cookies in their beautiful kitchen! What a blessing to make cookies and love on others!
I encourage you to volunteer with your children in your community. There are lots of places to start: soup kitchens, nursing homes, clothing closets, pregnancy centers, food pantries, or pet shelters. It’s easy to send a check to your favorite charity or organization, but working side-by-side your children in an atmosphere of giving back is priceless! They are learning life skills and learning that putting others first is very rewarding. Here is a great article on volunteering with your children for further information and tips: http://www.compassionatekids.com/volunteering.shtml