Pizza Partnership Helps Ronald McDonald House

By: Ruth Morton Email
By: Ruth Morton Email

June 10, 2014

You can help families have a place to stay while their children are in the hospital by ordering pizza.

Papa John's is helping Red Shoe Cville support the Charlottesville Ronald McDonald House.

A pizza party on Tuesday evening kicked off the partnership. House guests and people from Red Shoe, Ronald McDonald House, and Papa John's ate pizza at the Charlottesville house.

When you order a "Red Shoe" pizza on the Papa John's website, Papa Johns will donate one dollar to Red Shoe Cville, a Charlottesville group that helps the Ronald McDonald house. To order the pizza, after you enter your address, click on the Special Offers tab and look for the Red Shoe Cville pizza.

Tuesday was the first of many pizza nights: Papa John's will also start delivering pizza to the house monthly.

Organizers says meals help visiting families feel at home.

"We're very excited about it," said Rita Ralston, Ronald McDonald House Executive Director.

"Food is so important in the house. It's a chance for families to come back from the hospital, to relax, and there's something very primal about eating, particularly eating with other folks...It's fun-filled, they enjoy it, they chat, and it's just a very important part of what we do."

Red Shoe Cville regularly makes meals for house guests for the same reason.

"It's really just an opportunity to bring comfort to a home that, you know, isn't actually your home, but is trying to make it feel like that," said Emily Aitken, Red Shoe Cville Vice President and Co-founder.

Red Shoe Cville is a Charlottesville group that supports the guests, staff, volunteers, and donors of the Charlottesville Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville. It began in 2012.

"We're all ages, we're young and old, young professionals, just trying to come together, and trying to give back to your local community. And, if this is supporting families and supporting young children that are sick, that's just something that we love being a part of," said Aitken.

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