PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography faculty and students are reaching out to those in need of coats and apparel during the upcoming winter months by hosting a winter coat drive, Nov. 1-29.
The community outreach initiative is titled “Susie’s Coats” and named in honor of Owens Diagnostic Medical Sonograpy Chair Susan Perry of Woodville. Now in its sixth year, “Susie’s Coats” has provided over 2,200 winter clothing items to those less fortunate in the Toledo area.
According to Perry, the initiative began when she celebrated her 50th birthday six years ago. Her family asked what she wanted for her birthday, which is Dec. 1, and she told them that she is blessed to have everything that she could ever want or need in her life. For that reason, Perry told her family that she wanted to help others and “Susie’s Coats” became a reality.
In addition to becoming a family affair, the “Susie’s Coats” initiative has spread to the College’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program in the last few years and involves Owens faculty and students.
“I was once homeless as a child and on the receiving end of a red coat with shiny buttons,” explained Perry. “I never forgot the generosity. I am honored, along with my family and the Owens family, to pay it forward and help others who are in need of warm winter clothing.”
Perry added, “It is really rewarding to see our students giving back to the communities that they will one day serve. Sonography is a health career that involves working directly with patients and their families and this program provides a great service learning experience.”
Beginning Thursday, Nov. 1, the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Department will accept a variety of new and gently used winter jackets and coats, as well as hats, gloves, scarves and mittens. Donations can be dropped off from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Bicentennial Hall Room 166 on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.
All collected donations will then be delivered at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday (Dec. 1and 8) to those less fortunate by Owens faculty and students at the corner of North Michigan and Adams streets in downtown Toledo from a trailer donated by Toledo Harley-Davidson in Toledo. Owens representatives will be distributing items until 11:30 a.m. both days.
For more information, or to donate, call (567) 661-7560 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7560.
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.