November 16, 2007

Owens Findlay-area Campus Nursing Students Reach Out to Area Hospital Children With Toy Drive, Nov. 20 – Dec. 11

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 third annual Toy Drive benefiting children staying in local hospitals. The organization is currently accepting donations of toys, Nov. 20 – Dec. 11.

“The Owens Findlay-area Campus Student Nursing Association is proud to engage in a project that allows us to give back to the community in a very meaningful way,” said Deanna Hays, Owens Registered Nursing student and President of the Findlay-area Campus Student Nursing Association. “The charitable donations will make a world of difference for those children who must spend their holiday in the hospital.”

Hays added, “Many of the Owens nursing students conduct their clinical work in these hospitals. This allows us to show our appreciation for that and to make a significant contribution to the patients.”

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. 12, 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 and Fremont Memorial Hospital. Over 120 toys were donated to area hospital children the last two 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.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College 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.