FINDLAY, OH – Happiness and cheer was readily noticeable within area hospitals recently thanks to the humanitarian efforts of Owens Community College Findlay-area Campus’ Student Nursing Association. More than 90 toys ranging from puzzles and stuffed animals to coloring books and board games, collected as part of a community wide drive, were given to smiling children forced to spend the holiday season in local hospitals.
“The nursing profession is about helping people and the holidays are about giving,” explained Amanda Bolyard of Findlay, an Owens registered nursing student and a member of the Findlay-area Campus Student Nursing Association. “No one really likes to spend time in the hospital, especially children. The Owens Findlay-area Campus Student Nursing Association thought there was no better way to brighten the hospital children’s spirits than with a toy.”
Among the hospitals where Owens students and faculty personally hand-delivered the charitable gifts included Blanchard Valley Health System in Findlay, Wood County Hospital in Bowling Green, Lima Memorial Hospital in Lima, Mercy Hospital of Tiffin in Tiffin, Fremont Memorial Hospital in Fremont and Fostoria Community Hospital in Fostoria. Over 455 toys have been donated to area hospital children the last six years.
“The toy drive was once again a huge success,” said Kristyn Link of Tiffin, an Owens registered nursing student and Findlay-area Campus Student Nursing Association member. “This event would not be possible without the help and support of the Owens campus community and the local community. We are extremely thankful for their donations, which allowed us to bring smiles to so many children.”
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.
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.