November 24, 2009

Owens Findlay-area Campus Nursing Students Reach Out to Area Hospital Children With Toy Drive, Nov. 30 – Dec. 14

FINDLAY, OH – The Owens Community College Findlay-area Campus Student Nursing Association is once again working to spread holiday cheer throughout the surrounding communities by hosting its fifth annual Toy Drive benefiting children staying in local hospitals. The organization is currently accepting donations of toys, Nov. 30 – Dec. 14.

“The Owens Findlay-area Campus Student Nursing Association is encouraging to area residents to help in bringing smiles to those children who must spend their holiday in the hospital by donating a toy to the organization’s annual toy drive program,” said Kimberly Ackley of Carey, Owens registered nursing student and President of the Findlay-area Campus Student Nursing Association. “Simple things such as a toy can make a world of difference for a child and even brighten their day as they face a difficult situation. The Student Nursing Association feels strongly about helping others and this project that allows us to give back to the community in a very meaningful way.”

Donations can be dropped off on the College’s Findlay-area Campus, which is located on Bright Road in Findlay, at collection points in the Nursing Lab or the Commons area. On Dec. 15, the Student Nursing Association will wrap the donated toys and distribute them as gifts to children in the Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center, Wood County Hospital, Mercy Hospital of Tiffin, Lima Memorial Hospital, Fremont Memorial Hospital and Fostoria Community Hospital. Over 290 toys were donated to area hospital children the last four years.

The Owens Student Nursing Association has a rich and storied history, serving as one of the longest active student organizations at the College. In 2005, Owens expanded its student activities opportunities to include a new Findlay-area Campus chapter of the Student Nursing Association. The organization was created for Findlay-area Campus nursing and pre-nursing students with the overall mission of providing avenues for individuals to engage in community service activities, as well as to serve as a support network for nursing students. There are currently 10 nursing students participating in the Findlay-area Campus chapter.

For more information on the Owens Student Nursing Association Toy Drive, call (567) 429-3518 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 3518.

One of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio, Owens Community College is a fully accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.