29 Aug Providing Comfort for Struggling Families with Warm Cups of Coffee
Organization: Ronald McDonald House
Lives Impacted: 100+
Our organization provides lodging, meals, and encouragement for families that are seriously ill or injured, receiving treatment at UVA Children’s Hospital. We care for 19 families a night, and we host hundreds of families each year. We serve many diverse families from around the states, other countries, and from very different backgrounds.
For countless families, the Ronald McDonald House Charities Charlottesville becomes the home they never thought they would need. Sitting on a quiet street, just blocks from the University of Virginia Medical Center, it offers families a refuge, a place where they can find comfort, as they face one of life’s most unimaginable challenges.
We use the Secura French press as one of the coffee-making options for them. Some folks will see the pod-type machine and be thrilled, Others want drips, and others are absolutely addicted to their French press. We love being able to provide this group of options. It’s not that it necessarily resolves an issue, but it provides a comfort. When a family is dealing with the serious illness of their child, it is the seemingly little things in life that can bring them a bit of comfort – a welcome bag of small items when they check in, the smell of cookies or a special meal baking in the oven when they return from the hospital, and a fully stocked kitchen that provides them with as many comforts of home as possible. Since receiving our Secura donation we can provide a coffee option for everyone, and the French press is one of those items that bring comfort. When you are running on minimal sleep and maximum stress, the familiar taste of your special cup of coffee can make all the difference in the world!
I remember one of the dads – a professional thirty-something whose child was seriously ill – walking through the kitchen his first morning on the hunt for coffee and something to eat. His eyes lit up when he saw the press and he immediately made a pot to his liking, poured it in his travel mug, and off he went to the hospital. Using the press became part of his morning routine each day. It brought him comfort. I knew at that point that having the press as an option for our families was a great one. Thank you Good360 for helping us provide a great memory for struggling families.