Westchester’s Ronald McDonald House to get much-needed kitchen makeover

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The Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley, which provides a home away from home for families dealing with children needing medical care, is getting an upgrade.

The Valhalla-based nonprofit recently announced a partnership with Rye’s One Room Wonders, another nonprofit, to build a newly remodeled kitchen and dining room. 

The existing kitchen and dining space, which has served more than 2,000 families over the past 10 years, will, when finished sometime early next year, include brand new ADA compliant appliances, cabinets, counter tops, built-in seating bench, dining tables, and chairs. 

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To bring this project to fruition, Sara Touijer, One Room Wonders’ founder and executive director, is reaching out to the community for funding and donations. Her philanthropic organization, which she created during the pandemic, works to pair donated expertise, time, and furnishings in order to complete the design of one room in the home of a selected individual, or in this case, a nonprofit.

The team at One Room Wonders measures the kitchen at Ronald McDonald House in Valhalla. (Photo: Submitted)

The concept, she said, was developed during a time when the world was put on hold and industry professionals came together with a common love of interior design combined with a strong desire to give back.

“The team at One Room Wonders felt strongly that Ronald McDonald House was the perfect fit for our next project,” she said.

“The kitchen is usually the heart of the home and Ronald McDonald House is no different. We donate our talents to transform spaces that positively impact lives and this remodel will reflect that for all the families that stay at the House.”

“When a child is battling a medical crisis, our House provides families with all the comforts of home and eases some of the burdens they face every day,” added Christina Riley, Ronald McDonald House executive director. “Our meal program brings families together and offers a sense of normalcy in a warm meal and a cozy kitchen.

“We’re excited to partner with One Room Wonders and work toward giving our families and meal program volunteers a beautiful, functional brand new kitchen and dining area.”

For more information on how to support One Room Wonders, visit oneroomwonders.org. Details on the Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley at rmh-ghv.org.

Jeanne Muchnick covers food and dining. Click here for her most recent articles and follow her latest dining adventures on Instagram @lohud_food or via the lohudfood newsletter. 

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