In December 1997 the employees at DDA decided they wanted to give back to the community all
through the year, not just during the holiday season. Several community projects were considered
and the Ronald McDonald Houses was chosen.
After calling Ronald McDonald House, we learned of their Wish List and Family Dinner project.
Participation in the Family Dinner meant making a commitment to cook for the families staying at the
House on a particular evening. DDA agreed to participate in at least four dinners. Since the
first dinner; many DDA employees have put their time and talents into this project each year.
Last year DDA employees committed and cooked five dinners; each for 30 or more people.
In December 2003; the Ronald McDonald House began the “McGift Shop” during the Christmas holiday.
Seriously ill children are given the opportunity to choose Christmas gifts for their family members
at no cost. When the challenge was issued to DDA and its staff they once again came through. Gifts
and monies were collected and given to this wonderful shop in both 2003 and 2004.
The families staying at Ronald McDonald House are so appreciate all the help and support they receive at such a trying time.
Everyone who helped with a Family Dinner or the McGift Shop is more than willing to contribute again.
The feeling of warmth and accomplishment in participating in either project is beyond measure.