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PHOTOS: East End Kids Help Make Dinner For Ronald McDonald House

The event brought together a dozen students.

Last Sunday, 12 East End students, who are part of the Southampton-based non-profit, Kids Stock The House, united to cook a gourmet dinner for 100 residents of the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park.

The students, along with Steve Zacharski, a former executive chef, prepared the meal of stuffed mushrooms, eggplant rollatini, fillet mignon, stuffed shells, and sausage and peppers to provide a little cheer for the parents and families of sick children who live at the Ronald McDonald House.

"All the volunteers demonstrated compassion for families of seriously ill children. The memories of this day, particularly the smiles we brought to the children's faces, will remain in our hearts forever," said Donna Oliverio, founder of the three-year-old Kids Stock the House organization.

Aside from cooking, the students also brought with them a van filled with wish list items for the house, including canned soups, cereals, and paper plates and utensils.

Among the Kids Stock the House Dinner Program attendees were National American Miss Teen Elise Vertefeuille 2011, Mrs. Suffolk County NY America 2012 Michele Herger and students from Southampton, Sag Harbor, East Hampton, Westhampton, Hampton Bays, Our Lady of the Hamptons, Hillsdale (NJ), St. Anthonys, New Paltz, McGann-Mercy, Hofstra University, and the Hayground School.

For more information on Kids Stock the House, visit them on Facebook here.

Elise Vertefeuille November 27, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Such an amazing, life changing experience. Thank you for letting me be a part of it. I am blessed to be a part of Kids Stock the House... the best organization ever. Love, Elise Vertefeuille, National American Miss Teen 2011 <3
Victoria Lane November 27, 2012 at 09:26 PM
It was a great day. It's so nice to see such dedicated young individuals getting involved for such a great cause.
Alan J Stolz November 27, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Christina Oliverio, the charity's founder, is very modest about her achievements & the success of Kids Stock The House. She works tirelessly and teaches these students by her own actions, and that giving up your time and effort for the betterment of those less fortunate is reward and gratification enough by making them better human beings. Christina teaches them what they can't learn in a book. Her belief in the good of others is what makes this charity such a big success. She can be proud to look in the mirror. How many of us can say that?
Robert Porco November 27, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Great photos and article. Kids Stock the House makes volunteering fun! Our group helps children and families facing very difficult medical conditions. We encourage you to join us.
Daniela Gutierrez November 27, 2012 at 11:50 PM
It was a great experience, truly changed my perspective on life. So thankful to be apart of it.
Erica Kane November 28, 2012 at 01:21 AM
It was incredible volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. The stories that the residents shared with me were inspiring. I'm so grateful to be a part of Kids Stock the House. I only hope more people will join us and experience how amazing it feels to help others.
Cynthia Marchessault November 28, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Thank you for a great day. The food was fantastic Steve, the Kids so helpful and cheerful, Elise was so caring to the 'little residents' who are going through a tough time. I really appreciated how she never tired out of playing and dancing with the little ones. Michele did a great job assisting the chef's. Another great job by Christina in putting everything together. Keep up the good work. :-)

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