Sailors Cook For Indianapolis Ronald McDonald House Families

Story Number: NNS110824-23Release Date: 8/24/2011 5:28:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/EXW) Joshua B. Bruns, USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs

INDIANAPOLIS (NNS) -- Sailors from USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Indianapolis volunteered to cook and serve breakfast Aug. 18 for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Indianapolis.

"This is one of the largest Ronald McDonald Houses in the states so there are plenty of families going through hard times staying here for us to feed," said Culinary Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Marshall Knight, NOSC Indianapolis, who used his Navy culinary training to lead the team in cooking many American breakfast favorites like pancakes, sausages, potatoes and eggs. "We've served breakfast here before and it went great, so we're hoping to make it a regular thing."

NOSC Indianapolis Sailors were assisted by Sailors visiting from USS Theodore Roosevelt who were in the area for Indianapolis Navy Week from their home port in Newport News, Va.

"We're attending a lot of ceremonies and other scheduled events while we're here, but this is what really means the most to me," said Roosevelt Sailor Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class (AW) Andrea Jefferson. "The kids are always smiling and it puts a smile on my face to see it and watch them wake up to find a hot meal waiting for them."

"[My kids] are very excited! They've never seen Sailors before," said Daisy L. Cazares from Alexandria, Ind., whose daughter Daisy recently had a tumor removed and is currently undergoing radiation treatment. "I think it's great and very kind to see people take the time to help those who are sick. The food is excellent and the kids are smiling."

Ronald McDonald House staff members said they fully understand the aid and comfort the Sailors are providing the families and fully encourage the group's efforts.

"These things go over really well with the families since they don't have to take the time to cook their own meals before heading over to the hospital," said Dennis Craig, Director of Operations, Ronald McDonald House, Central Indiana. "When the idea came to me, I thought it was great. I think people really appreciate the military these days and having them here is great."

"Some of the families are visiting from very far away, staying here with their children, so I'm really enjoying helping out and trying to start their day off a little easier," said Roosevelt Sailor Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Demour Christian. "It went great and I hope the local Sailors continue to come out here."

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