For the eleventh volunteer outing of 2017, we continued our work in the area of combating hunger by making dinner at Gilda’s Club.
Gilda’s Club is a gathering place for everyone touched by cancer—of any kind and at any stage at no cost. Gilda’s Club offers support groups that focus on different types of cancer, as well as on special needs, e.g., spouses of people with cancer, teenagers, etc. It also offers informational lectures, workshops on crafts, exercise, nutrition, etc. and social, community-building activities such as potluck dinners and comedy nights.
For this activity, planned, purchased, prepared, served, and cleaned up a Family Night meal. On Tuesday nights at Gilda’s Club they have about 50-70 men, women, and kids coming in to participate in emotional support programs. Everyone they serve is dealing with the stress of a cancer diagnosis and they like to reduce their stress by ensuring they have a healthy meal each Tuesday before programs begin.
“Thank you all for coming. This is one of the best meals we’ve had in a while!”
When you hear feedback like that, it warms your heart. We had a great spread with baked potato soup, baked ziti, chicken & mushroom casserole, mac & cheese, vegetarian chili, salad & fruit salad, fruit and of course, tasty cupcakes.
Thanks to DE Barbara Main (not pictured) for coming in with her popular soup and also a big thanks to our anonymous DE who “payed it forward” by subsidizing our meal ingredients, which encourages us to “pay it forward!”