Church group spruces up Ronald McDonald House

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
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PHOENIX -- Members of the First Christian Church of Scottsdale are cleaning their souls by cleaning up the Ronald McDonald House.
 
“We take the congregation out into the community, so we're doing what we call workship," said the Rev. Brian Frederick-Gray, senior pastor at the church. "So instead of a worship service that happens inside of the church, we do a workship service that happens out in the community."

Frederick-Gray said the project is part of the "Fifth with First" program. The church does a workship service on the last Sunday of the months that have five Sundays, which happens four times a year.

The Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for children and their families who travel to Phoenix to receive treatment for serious, often life-threatening illnesses and injuries.

“This is us giving back to our community,” said Carol Tidrow, who was one of roughly 20 people who volunteered their time to spruce up the place and make snack bags for the visiting kids. “I think that's what we as Christians are called to give to our community. It's not just about us, it's about sharing and sharing our love out into the community.”

Since opening its doors 28 years ago, the Ronald McDonald House has served more than 40,000 families from across the state and around the world.

“I love doing what we do," said volunteer Carol Anne Prast. "I love the fact that this is an opportunity for us. It's new. We had not done this until this last year. Everyone who has done this is just so excited about it."