The Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC) has a deep history of building our communities in more ways than one. This week the IKORCC partnered with the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland and RGI to build toolboxes and dreams through a program called Carpenters Caring for Kids. Carpenters Caring for Kids visits local Ronald McDonald houses with the goal of brightening each child’s day through hands-on building activities.
With the help of volunteers, kids at the Ronald McDonald house put together and colored toolboxes where they can store toys, trinkets, and hope - a crucial tool in battling whatever ails them. For many of these families, events like this are some of the only cheerful moments they get to share with each other. Siblings were seen helping one another and bonding during this time of rare escape.
The room was never void of smiles from parents, volunteers and most importantly, the kids. As soon as families walked into the room they let go of the rest of the day and just had a great time. We celebrated each completed toolbox with a certificate, picture, hearty laughter and a cookie donated by Gatherings Kitchen of Lakewood, Ohio. It was a sweet ending to a very special evening.
Special thanks to:
- Every family overcoming medical adversity
- Scott Lovasz, Group Partnership Manager, Ronald McDonald House
- Molly Cairnes, Guest Services Manager, Ronald McDonald House
- Gatherings Kitchen – Lakewood, Ohio