By Michaela Kron

Editor’s note: Michaela Kron is a recent North Springs High graduate who is working as a summer intern for the Reporter Newspapers.

I first visited the Peachtree-Dunwoody Ronald McDonald House in October 2005 as a volunteer to serve breakfast to the families living there. I heard about the event through North Springs High School’s Ronald McDonald House Club, and I was interested to learn more about the house and its residents.

While making bagels and cream cheese, I had the opportunity to interact with everyone who came into the kitchen, and I observed both the struggles and the hopes of the ill children and their families.

I realized the great rewards that volunteering at the house offered, and I returned every couple of months to bring food for the children and their families.

In 2006, I joined the Ronald McDonald House Teen Board, which organizes recreational activities for the children at the house. We arranged meetings around such holidays as Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day, when we worked together to create holiday-themed arts and crafts for the children. Although the children were not always available to help us, it was wonderful to see their smiles when they saw what we had made.

Volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House and meeting the families there were extraordinary experiences.