This week, SCRA’s Teambuilding Activities Group (TAG) assembled a group of employee volunteers to participate in the Prepare a Meal Program at the Ronald McDonald House of Charleston. The team cooked a meals for about 40 people.
The Ronald McDonald House is a 27-bedroom home where families stay while their children undergo extensive medical treatment, which reduces the financial burden of costly hotel and travel expenses. The Ronald McDonald Family Room at MUSC provides a place in the hospital where family members can rest while remaining close to their seriously ill child.
The Ronald McDonald House is supported by donations from individuals and businesses through various programs, including the Prepare a Meal Program, which provides hot meals every night for resident families. Residents often cite how important the meals are and how comfortable they make the stay while residing in the facility.
Another program conducted by the the Ronald McDonald House is the collection of pop tabs from aluminum cans. SCRA contributed thousands of pop tabs during the visit this week, which had been collected by associates and their families. The pop tabs are redeemed at local recycling centers and the money is used to provide services to the resident families. Every year the House collects around 10 million pop tabs which brings in between $3,000-$5,000! These funds go directly towards operating costs in the house (lights, cable, internet, etc.).
This is not the first time that SCRA has worked with the Ronald McDonald House of Charleston. Through a collaboration with the Copper Development Alliance, SCRA managed a project to conduct a comprehensive, multi-site clinical trial of antimicrobial copper surfaces in intensive care hospital rooms. The Ronald McDonald House in Charleston had antimicrobial copper installed on the surfaces most frequently touched in the House: railings, tabletops, doorhandles, drawer pulls, and sinks. The trials revealed that the use of copper reduced bacteria by 97 percent, resulting in a 41 percent reduction in hospital-acquired infections.
More information about the Copper Project and how the Ronald McDonald House was involved can be seen in this video: