I have never cooked chili in my life and I was about to cook it for thirty-five plus people. Okay, yeah I know what you are thinking, "How have you never cooked Chili?" I don't know. Well, I do. I am not much of a cook! I digress.
Anyways, my Friday started a bit differently than it usually does. I was headed to Downtown Augusta. After a few wrong turns and yelling at my GPS I finally found the parking lot for the Ronald McDonald House.
The building was beautiful. The overwhelming feeling of comfort and security came over me when we (my co-worker Taylor and I) walked through the doors. We we're greeted with smiles and given directions to the large kitchen where we were going to be cooking for the day!
Now, before I go any further, for those of you who don't know, the Ronald McDonald House houses families that have sick children so they can be close to each other and close to the resources they need. This house allows them to eat, sleep, and relax together as a family without the worry of being to far from a doctor or hospital. This is a completely 100% Non-profit organization who survives and thrives on donations!
Once we got all our ingredients on the counter we got right to it! Cutting onions, which made us cry, cooking meat, and doing all the mixin' and fixin' to get that PEAK Boom Chili recipe to just about perfect! After sweating it out in the kitchen and letting the Chili sit for a little bit in the crock pot we had a Ronald McDonald employee taste-test our creation! Let's just say she absolutely loved it!
It was more than just cooking chili. We were able to prepare a meal for families who probably haven't had the time to sit down together and enjoy (to the best of their ability) a home cooked meal. It was a simple task, but the outpouring gratefulness and "thank you's" we received as we were walking out the door made my first time cooking chili one I will remember, always.
It was never about our recognition. It was never about "look at us" or "look what our company did for you." It was just simply making a change in someones day. Making someone smile. Making someones day a little bit easier.
I work at more than just a company. I work for an organization that values helping people, making a change, and putting others before ourselves. So, I am thankful for not having "business as usual" and able to spend my Friday helping someone in need.