FINDLAY, Ohio – The Owens Community College Findlay-area Campus Student Nursing Association is working to spread happiness and cheer throughout the surrounding communities by brightening the lives of children forced to spend the holiday season in local hospitals. Toys ranging from dolls to miniature trucks, collected within the last few weeks, will soon find their way to a smiling child’s arms as the Student Nursing Association presents the donated gifts to area hospitals on Monday, Dec. 17.
Beginning at 10 a.m., the Owens Student Nursing Association will wrap the various toys in an array of colorful paper in the Findlay-area Campus’ Nursing Lab. At 11 a.m., the members will divide up into groups and depart for six area hospitals to personally hand deliver the charitable gifts. Among the hospitals where Owens students will make visits are Blanchard Valley Health System at 11:15 a.m. (145 W. Wallace St.) in Findlay, Fostoria Community Hospital at 11:30 a.m. (501 Van Buren St.) in Fostoria, Lima Memorial Health System at 11:45 p.m. (1001 Bellefontaine Ave.) in Lima, Fremont Memorial Hospital at 12:30 a.m. (715 S. Taft Ave.) in Fremont, Mercy Hospital of Tiffin at 1:30 p.m. (485 W. Market St.) in Tiffin and Wood County Hospital at 12:45 p.m. (950 W. Wooster St.) in Bowling Green. Over 615 toys were donated to area hospital children the last seven 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.