Lincoln-Way students support Ronald McDonald House with Cookies from the Heart
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Last Sunday, students from Lincoln-Way Key Club put their baking skills to the test while volunteering at Ronald McDonald House of Oak Lawn (Advocate Children's Hospital). Serving as part of the "Cookies from the Heart" initiative, the students baked treats for the families of Ronald McDonald House.

"Volunteering here is a great experience for our students. This was Lincoln-Way North Key Club's second visit and students were excited to return. Baking cookies gives a little comfort as families are coming back and forth from the Children's Hospital. Many of our own family and friends have been helped by Ronald McDonald House, and students are eager to give back," said Matt Jordan of Lincoln-Way's social science department.

"Cookies from the Heart" allows groups of two to ten people to bake in the facility's full service kitchen as a way to serve the families of the Ronald McDonald House, and the students' desire to participate was obvious, with a waiting list of volunteers.

Lincoln-Way North students spent the afternoon baking and decorating chocolate chip and sugar cookies for families. While "Cookies for the Heart" advises that groups bake 6-8 batches, the students nearly doubled that recommendation.

Student Amanda Pohrte said, "I wanted to serve here with Key Club because I have served here before with my church. I know how nice it is to help the families, and at the same time, it is fun for us."

Not only were the students eager to volunteer their time to help others, but also displayed incredible teamwork in organizing, baking, and leaving the kitchen spotless upon completion.

The cookies will benefit all families staying at the Ronald McDonald House, who use a common dining area, and are welcome to the treats. After spending stressful days in the hospital, these snacks will offer a warm, comforting treat to families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House.