I had such a wonderful experience volunteering at the Ronald McDonald house at Vancouver Children’s Hospital.
Being able to spend the day with children that are constantly surrounded with hardship and worry, it was extremely touching to be someone that could allow them to escape for a few hours from their current situations.
The House is only a few years old, providing rooms to 73 families, which was at full capacity when I visited. I was so thrilled to see all the services that were available for the children such as games rooms, arts and crafts, basketball courts, sports gear, bicycles, ect. The children were filled with such joy and happiness, which was so inspiring to see that their situations are not having full control over their lives.
I wanted to do something special for the kids, so I created goodie bags filled with colouring books, crayons, bubbles, magic towels, and a polaroid picture keepsake of the child and myself. Something special from the heart, which brought many smiles to their faces!
It brought such happiness to me to be able to do something kind to show that these children are not forgotten, and their battles are inspiring to ones inner strength.
Overall, the day was very inspirational and moving and I hope to return in the future!
Miss Teen Southern British Columbia xx