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Published 12/12/2005

Owens Findlay-area Campus Nursing Students Deliver Toys to Area Hospital Children, Dec. 15

FINDLAY - 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. Hundreds of toys ranging from dolls to miniature trucks, collected within the last two 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 Thursday, December 15.

Beginning at 9 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 10 a.m., the members will divide up into four groups and depart for four area hospitals to personally hand deliver the charitable gifts. Among the hospitals where Owens students will make visits include Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center at 10:30 a.m. (145 W. Wallace St.) in Findlay, Wood County Hospital at 11 a.m. (950 W. Wooster St.) in Bowling Green, Lima Memorial Hospital at 11:30 a.m. (1001 Bellefontaine Ave.) in Lima and Fremont Memorial Hospital at 11:30 a.m. (715 S. Taft Ave.) in Fremont.

"The amount of donations received within the last two weeks has been amazing," said Angie Klausing, Owens president of the Findlay-area Campus Student Nursing Association. "These charitable donations will make a world of difference for the area children who must spend their holiday in the hospital."

Klausing added, "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 20 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, making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, and Industrial and Engineering 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.


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