The September lunch saw a good crowd gather at Nick’s Steak House in Calgary.
Gerry and I haven’t been to an event in awhile — it was fun to see so many familiar faces and to meet some of the new folks.
Our lunch hosts, Fay & John, also organized a tour of Ronald McDonald House after the lunch.
“Seventeen people attended the tour and it was really interesting,” said Fay. “There are 23 suites — each with at least 1 queen bed and an attached bathroom. There is a waiting list all the time.
“The cost per room for the residents is $12.00 per night. The cost to keep the room open for Ronald McDonald House is close to $200.00 per night, so they appreciate all the help they get.
“Some families have stayed for a year or more. Various groups come in each evening to make a meal for all the families, with leftovers providing the lunch the next day. Breakfast is made by the residents, with food that has been donated.
“There is a play room for young kids, an arcade for teens, and an exercise room for the adults. We were told the furniture is large so parents and kids can cuddle. There is lots to do when the children feel well enough — books, movies, games and a kitchen to bake in.
“We turned in our pull tabs and learned that they are sold and the money is used for whatever is needed in the home,” said Fay. “Thank you to all who help with collecting them. We turned in over 65 pounds.”
The next lunch is October 14 in Okotoks. Hope you can make it!