NINR Staff Serve Up Dinner and More at the Children’s Inn
Since the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) is leading the Combined Federal Campaign at NIH this year, staff have been thinking a lot about giving back to the community by donating money or time to charities. The Family Dinner Program is one option for volunteering at the Children’s Inn at NIH. In this program, volunteers prepare a meal for children with rare and serious diseases and their families. NINR staff enthusiastically served in this capacity on the evening of Nov. 8.
Eleven volunteers from NINR prepared a lasagna dinner for about 40 children and their family members. Starting at 3 p.m., volunteers heated up lasagna and garlic bread. Around five, the meal was served along with salad, cold drinks and desserts, all brought in by the volunteers. By six, the NINR staff were cleaning up. And, close to seven, they left, feeling deeply grateful for this special opportunity to serve.
As the inn website states, “A shared meal builds camaraderie by giving children and families a chance to get to know one another, gives caregivers a break from shopping and cooking and alleviates financial stress.” The NINR staff knew they had served this up for one special night.