Cookies from the Heart

Few things bring immediate feelings of warmth and home like the smell of freshly baked cookies. Similar to our Meals from the Heart program, Cookies from the Heart brings volunteers into our five House kitchens to prepare food from scratch for the families that are staying with us. On return from the hospital, families are welcomed with not just the smell of homemade cookies, but a freshly-baked goodie to enjoy. Cookies from the Heart is part of the generous efforts of our volunteers to make our families feel comforted and at home.


Nothing beats the smell of homemade cookies baking in the oven to remind you of home. Cookies from the Heart volunteers plan their treat, purchase the ingredients and bake in our kitchens so when the families return from a day at the hospital, they can help themselves to a treat or two.

Cookies from the Heart volunteers work in a group (up to 10 people) to make any type of treat, from cookies and brownies, to rice crispy treats or puppy chow. We ask that volunteers make four to five dozen of the treat they decide.

Please note- We are currently accepting Cookies from the Heart applications through January 31, 2020. For cookie applications submitted after the January 31 date will be discarded. February dates will be available for booking November 1, 2019. Please check back for future updates. 

Cookies From the Heart Calendar

Interested in volunteering either individually or as a group for our Cookies from the Heart program? Check availability at our Houses and Family Rooms:

Ronald McDonald House near Advocate Children’s Hospital

Ronald McDonald House near Loyola University Medical Center

Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s

Ronald McDonald House near Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital

Ronald McDonald House near UChicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital

For questions, contact Brittany Wozniak, Volunteer Services Manager at

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