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North Valley Members Feed Ronald McDonald House Residents

Story By Beth Michaels
Published 9/6/11

A team of 10 eager members of Potomac Conference’s North Valley church in Roanoke, Va., recently helped cook and serve a meal to 35 temporary residents and their children at the Ronald McDonald House of Southwest Virginia. Church members were so blessed by their efforts to offer support to people going through a difficult time that they hope to make this a quarterly outreach project.

Staff at Ronald McDonald Houses provides a safe and comfortable home away from home to families of ill children who need special treatment at nearby hospitals. However, home staff relies on the support and love of volunteers to help serve food to the hungry families.

“As parents convert all of their energy on medical appointments and hospital trips and all of their focus on their children, most truly need the devotion of others to serve them food that will nourish their minds, body and soul,” explains member Linda Criss. “North Valley was blessed to have the chance to participate in healing ministry by providing comfort with kind words and warm smiles.”

Melissa Elkins, another member who volunteered, added, “This project meant a lot to me because a young couple and their little 3-year-old daughter with cancer had to use [this] Ronald McDonald House [from] another state. As a church, we rejoice because the Lord has brought healing to this little girl.”