Carpenters Partner with Ronald McDonald House

While the holiday season is meant to be a joyful time, for those in need it can be the most difficult part of the year. Between rent, food, and utilities, participating in even the most modest holiday festivities can feel like a luxury. Local 909 and 951 union carpenters helped bring holiday cheer to families in need at the Inland Empire Ronald McDonald House. With sponsorship from the SWRCC Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) branch and Loma Linda University Medical Center over fifty families were fed on behalf of the Southwest Carpenters.¬† Since 1996, the IE Ronald McDonald House has served more than 18,000 families in partnership with the medical center, reviewing room requests on a daily basis, and placing families based on the children’s diagnosis and distance to hospital services. While the families enjoyed dinner, the carpenters led the kids through some hands-on-training, helping them build their own mini toolboxes. “It was an awesome event,” said Omar Cobian¬†who is a specialist with ICRA and helped coordinate the dinner. “It felt good to see the families enjoying themselves,” Cobian continued. “Especially working with the kids, a lot of them have never even swung a hammer before so seeing them get excited about building something of their own was really great.”

Cobian is hopeful the carpenters can expand on events with Ronald McDonald House. “Many of the kids who worked with us, are staying at the [Ronald McDonald] House because their siblings are receiving care. What we’d like to do is bring this event to them, so they can enjoy it without being away from their medical care,” Cobain said. If you are interested in participating at future events with the IE Ronald McDonald House or a Ronald McDonald House near you, make the pledge and join a CUPP committee today!