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.