MP Firefighters Provide Meals To Needy

MP Firefighters Provide Meals To Needy

Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2012 1:00 pm

The Mt. Prospect Fire Dept., in cooperation with Operation North Pole, participated Wednesday, July 11 in the “Meals from the Heart” program at the Ronald McDonald House located at University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital.

The Meals from the Heart program offers small groups of volunteers the opportunity to plan a menu, purchase the ingredients and prepare a meal for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House.

The goal of the program is to help those families find nourishment and comfort in a shared, home-cooked meal.

Ten members of the fire department planned and prepared a “good old fashioned barbeque” of hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, potato salad, and more for approximately 50 people.

QCi Restoration, a fire and flood restoration contractor based in Elgin donated all of the food for the meal

The Mt. Prospect Fire Dept. learned about Meals from the Heart through Operation North Pole, which organizes a group of volunteers to participate in the program every month.

Operation North Pole is a non-profit organization based in Des Plaines that annually brings a day of Christmas joy to local children suffering from life-threatening illnesses. Volunteers provide these children, and their immediate families, with the fantasy experience of traveling to the North Pole for a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

While at the Ronald McDonald House, fire department members had the opportunity to eat and visit with the families staying there.

Mt. Prospect Firefighter’s Local 4119 brought with them a magician, Marshall Brodien, Jr., who entertained the group after the barbeque.

Fire Chief John Malcolm stated that the day was “really a lot of fun. Everyone enjoyed the barbeque and there was a lot of laughing going on during the magic show.”

He added that participating in the program was one of the best experiences of his life and meeting the families and making their day a little brighter, even for just a few hours, was such a rewarding experience.

The fire department is hoping to participate in the program again in the future.

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