Home for Dinner gets Vancouverites to break bread while supporting seriously ill children and their families

Ronald McDonald House of BC & Yukon has launched a new community fundraising effort that centres on shared meals

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      With Vancouver being a sought-after culinary destination and so many residents describing themselves as foodies, people tend to eat out or host dinner parties on a regular basis.

      Now, they can enjoy a meal with their besties while supporting the Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon.

      The organization runs a 73-bedroom property on the grounds of BC Children's Hospital that provides accommodation and a sense of community for 2,000 families each year who have to travel to Vancouver for life-saving medical treatments for their children, who are seriously ill.

      The Ronald McDonald House has just launched a new community fundraising initiative to support of those families.

      Home for Dinner encourages locals to embrace the tradition of connecting with others around the dinner table by hosting a dining event in their home or at their favourite restaurant.

      Here’s how it works: Those who cook a meal can suggest guests forego bringing wine or hostess gifts and instead contribute a donation. For folks who would rather treat their nearest and dearest to a decadent restaurant meal, they can request guests donate funds as thanks.

      All funds raised then go toward families staying at Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver, ensuring they benefit from a supportive and healing environment while their child or children undergo medical treatments.  Far from their own homes, they desperately need affordable accommodation and a place to stay together under one roof.

      Anyone interested in taking part can sign up as hosts on the Home for Dinner website; invite their friends or family members to participate as guests or co-hosts; and host the meal either at home or at a restaurant and collect donations.

      "There is such comfort in sharing a meal with loved ones at the end of the day," Richard Pass, CEO of Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon, said in a release. "Families staying at the House are focused on ensuring their children receive crucial medical treatment, and often do not have the resources to engage in this powerful tradition. By hosting a Home for Dinner event, the community can come together to give back and make a difference in a way that is both simple and meaningful."

      Owned and operated by the non-profit Children's Family House Society of BC, Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon house offers suites and services for kids of all ages and their families. The LEED Gold building has a fitness area, arts and crafts studio, LEGO lounge, magic room, and indoor and outdoor gathering spaces.