Source: Winston-Salem Journal

The Ronald McDonald House in Winston-Salem has been a mainstay since 1984. The organization provides meals and housing for families who have children receiving treatment in local hospitals, the Winston-Salem Journal reports. The coronavirus has thrown a wrench in their daily lives, but the work continues. 

Though no longer able to house anyone, the workers still prepare meals daily. 

“That’s been the biggest challenge for us,” said Chuck Kraft. Kraft is the executive director of the house. “No one except family and essential staff are allowed in, and the staff is now on a flex schedule so only four or five are in the house at one time.”

The organization used to rely heavily on food made in-house, but local restaurants have stepped up to ensure the food still flows. Other food has come from volunteers who used to cook but are finding new ways to provide for needy families. Some volunteers have used their own money to purchase takeout, the Winston-Salem Journal reports

Those still using the facility are grateful, particularly during the coronavirus outbreak.

“Everyone is very kind and caring about my needs as well as my child’s needs,” Ellen Finger said. Finger is a regular at the house as her daughter receives treatment. “I respect their firmness in sticking to their rules for hygiene and cleaning.”

Kraft says support has been strong. “We’ve had a tremendous outpouring of support. The community has stepped up in an unbelievable way.”

Read the full story from the Winston-Salem Journal.