The Tree House in Tacoma, Washington, is a welcome place for any family to stay at if their child is a patient at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital or at the Tacoma General Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The home provides shelter close to the hospital, companionship for families during rough times and while there is a low cost to stay the night, no family is ever turned away due to financial issues.
Though the atmosphere at Tree House can often be somber due to the strenuous positions these families are in, a friendly smile can make all the difference. That is where the GSF Foundation comes in. Not only do Foundation volunteers come equipped with a friendly smile, but they also provide meals to families staying at the Tree House on a quarterly basis. From pizzas to taco bars, GSF associates roll out a lovely spread every time they show up at Tree House.
“We feel a true bond to this house and they are always so gracious and kind to us,” said Laura Kniss, Customer Service Field Representative, Sumner DC. “You won’t believe what a difference you can make in someone’s life by just serving a tasty meal and showing that you care.”
During the last Tree House dinner in March, Laura and Jerry Smith, Transportation Manager, from GSF’s Sumner facility served more than 40 individuals. They brought a long-time favorite meal of the Tree House–breakfast for dinner, including sausages, biscuits and gravy, hot cakes, chocolate milk, and dessert–and salads for the health nuts! Associates always keep in mind the favorite foods at Tree House and make sure to pack something that families can easily take back to children staying at the hospital.
GSF Foundation volunteers have been lending a hand at Tree House for nearly five years now and their next event, this summer, will be a huge BBQ for the entire community of Pierce County in honor of the Tree House’s fifth anniversary!