March was a busy month for RSYF student athletes, says organization founder Paul Savramis. Here, Savramis offers updates on one of the most heartwarming service projects of the year.
Q: What event did student athletes participate in on March 25?
Paul Savramis: On March 25th, several of our Rising Stars students spent the day prepping meals for 80 families staying at the Ronald McDonald House, a charity that provides no-cost accommodations for families of terminally ill children. The Meals from the Heart Program was designed to offer a moment of respite for weary moms, dads, and siblings.
Q: Why are events like this important for students in the Rising Stars Youth Foundation program?
Paul Savramis: At RSYF, we put athletics second. The greater good of our community is always first. Service projects such as this offer our teens the opportunity to give back and to learn about the people of their community. It’s a way to teach responsibility and good stewardship.
Q: What are the guidelines for the Meals from the Heart Program?
Paul Savramis: Participants must be at least 16 years of age. Groups are limited to no more than 12 people, making this an intimate and endearing project for the students who have the opportunity to serve. Each group gets to plan their own menu and prepare the food themselves meaning this is also an opportunity to brush up on or learn a valuable life skill: cooking.
Q: Can you offer any general information on the New Hyde Park Ronald McDonald House?
Paul Savramis: The RMH serves families of children staying in long-term care at the Cohen’s Children’s Hospital. Many of the families arrive after receiving a sudden and devastating medical diagnosis, often cancer. The home sits on the hospital campus and has offered accommodations for more than 30,000 families since opening in 1986.