FINDLAY, OH – Happiness and cheer was abounding within area hospitals thanks to recent humanitarian efforts of Owens Community College Findlay-area Campus’ Student Nursing Association. More than 90 toys ranging from dolls and stuffed animals to coloring books, collected as part of a community wide drive, were given to smiling children forced to spend the holiday season in local hospitals.
“It feels great to bring a little holiday cheer to children and to hopefully brighten their day,” stated Marisa Kennedy of Lima, an Owens practical nursing student and a member of the Findlay-area Campus Student Nursing Association.
Among the hospitals where Owens students personally hand-delivered the charitable gifts included Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center 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 120 toys were donated to area hospital children the last two years.
“These gifts can have a profound impact on children in the hospital,” said Kristina Keller, Director of Medical Surgical/Pediatrics at Fremont Memorial Hospital. “The gift brightens their day and diverts their attention from actually being ill. The hospital is very appreciative to the nursing students and their efforts to spread holiday cheer.”
According to Deanna Hays of St. Marys, Owens registered nursing student and President of the Findlay-area Campus Student Nursing Association, the amount of donations received within the last few weeks has been amazing and surpassed all expectations.
“These charitable donations will make a world of difference for the area children who must spend the holidays in the hospital,” said Hays. “Many of the Owens nursing students conduct their clinical work in these hospitals. This toy drive allows us to show our appreciation for that and to make a significant contribution to the patients.”
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.
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.