Ashton Thomas has a special place in his heart for Ronald McDonald House BC, as well as the families we serve. As a premature baby (weighing in at 1.5 pounds, 3 months premature), there were many visits to the hospital to improve Ashton’s health. After his family moved from Ontario to Vancouver, he was a patient until his teen years at BC Children’s Hospital. As years passed and Ashton grew older, he has rarely needed to visit a hospital, but is appreciative of everything that was done for him. In March 2014, he joined Global Relay, where he found out the company was part of the Ronald McDonald House Family Meal Program in conjunction with Children’s Hospital. Ashton knew right away that he wanted to join the staff volunteers and give back to the House.
Since March, he has cooked 6 times and is now in charge of arranging the volunteers, meal prep, and night of the dinner. Ashton tells us it has been a pleasure to give back to the children, hear the stories from the families, and see the House grow! On his 4th visit to Ronald McDonald House, a family pulled him and fellow cook aside to let them know how much they enjoyed their meal. They said that Global Relay was the first company that cooked a meal for their family, and, on this day a year later, they were the last company to cook for them, as their child was officially released from the hospital and able to go home!