Packing meals for a worthy cause

On June 19, a volunteer event at Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto touched the hearts of Wells Fargo team members who sought to make a difference in the lives of sick children. RMHC Toronto is a place like home for seriously ill children and their families, keeping them together, and close to the care they need. The House accommodates 81 families, all of whom live at least 55 km away.

For the event, the team packed lunches for the organization's Meals on the Go program, which provides healthy, packed meals for families who stay at the House. In all, they donated 27 hours and 150 packed meals in reusable lunch bags.

"Meals on the Go is a popular program among the families who stay with us because it helps provide them with the healthy nutrition they need to get through their long and often stressful days. We're so grateful to the Wells Fargo team for supporting families when they need it the most and we look forward to continuing our partnership," said Sally Ginter, CEO of RMHC Toronto.

The Wells Fargo team also presented a cheque to RMHC Toronto that will be used for general costs of maintaining the House, as well as for food and other resources for the families staying there.

"RMHC Toronto is more than just a place to stay. The House provides support programs, including an on-site school, kitchens, laundry facilities, play areas, and a range of other programs to help children and their families develop a sense of normalcy," said Kristin Godwin, Capital Finance sales representative.

"It was very moving to see the House and learn about the impact it makes in the lives of families with sick kids," added Carmela Massari, Capital Finance portfolio manager. "It was great to be with the team on this project."

Team members look forward to volunteering with RMHC Toronto again. Emily Trenbeth, Capital Finance collateral analyst, said, "The little things count, and they make a tremendous impact. We were all moved by the positive environment we saw there and are so happy to support the family-centred culture of the organization."