FINDLAY, OH – The Owens Community College Findlay-area Campus Student Nursing Association is working to spread happiness and cheer throughout the surrounding communities by brightening the lives of children forced to spend the holiday season in local hospitals. Toys ranging from dolls to miniature trucks, collected within the last few weeks, will soon find their way to a smiling child’s arms as the Student Nursing Association presents the donated gifts to area hospitals on Tuesday, Dec. 15.
Beginning at 10 a.m., the Owens Student Nursing Association will wrap the various toys in an array of colorful paper in the Findlay-area Campus’ Nursing Lab. At 10:45 a.m., the members will divide up into groups and depart for six area hospitals to personally hand deliver the charitable gifts. Among the hospitals where Owens students will make visits are Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center at 11 a.m. (145 W. Wallace St.) in Findlay, Wood County Hospital at 11:30 a.m. (950 W. Wooster St.) in Bowling Green, Fostoria Community Hospital at 11:30 a.m. (501 Van Buren St.) in Fostoria, Lima Memorial Hospital at 11:45 p.m. (1001 Bellefontaine Ave.) in Lima, Fremont Memorial Hospital at 12:45 p.m. (715 S. Taft Ave.) in Fremont and Mercy Hospital of Tiffin at 12:15 p.m. (485 W. Market St.) in Tiffin. Over 290 toys were donated to area hospital children the last four years.
“The support from Owens employees and students as well as the community for the toy drive has been great and the Findlay-area Campus Student Nursing Association is extremely appreciative of the charitable efforts,” 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.”
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.
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.