FINDLAY, Ohio – Happiness and cheer was readily noticeable within several area hospitals recently thanks to the humanitarian efforts of Owens Community College Findlay-area Campus’ Student Nursing Association. More than 160 toys ranging from dolls and handmade wooden cars 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.
“I am amazed at the number of toys that were donated to the toy drive,” said Heather Franks of Findlay, an Owens registered nursing student and Findlay-area Campus Student Nursing Association Vice President. “I want to thank everyone who donated and helped in brightening a child’s day.”
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 Health System in Lima, St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, Mercy Hospital of Tiffin in Tiffin, Fremont Memorial Hospital in Fremont and Fostoria Community Hospital in Fostoria. Over 615 toys have been donated to area hospital children in the last seven years.
“I chose the Owens Registered Nursing Program because I wanted to help others,” said Charity De La Cruz of Fostoria, an Owens registered nursing student and Findlay-area Campus Student Nursing Association member. “An event such as the toy drive is really important because we (students) are learning about helping others in another way – through community service.”
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 an 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, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. 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.