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Owens students deliver toys to kids in hospital PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 11:29
Melanie Scherdt (left) with the Owens’ nursing program in Findlay, holds a toy along with Wood County Hospital’s Amy Caris, R.N., as part of a toy donation drop-off to children at the hospital Monday. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Plenty of smiles could be seen within several area hospitals recently thanks to the humanitarian efforts of Owens Community College Findlay campus' Student Nursing Association. More than 200 toys ranging from dolls and handmade wooden cars to coloring books and board games, collected as part of a community-wide drive, were given to children forced to spend the holiday season in local hospitals.
"Giving a child a toy can make a world of difference while they are staying in the hospital," said Claire Vroman of Findlay, an Owens licensed practical nursing student and Findlay campus Student Nursing Association treasurer. "No child wants to spend the holidays in the hospital. If we can take their mind off their illness and brighten their day than we have accomplished our goal."
Among the hospitals where Owens students and faculty personally hand-delivered the charitable gifts were Blanchard Valley Health System in Findlay, Wood County Hospital in Bowling Green, Lima Memorial Health System in Lima, Mercy Hospital of Tiffin, Fremont Memorial Hospital and Fostoria Community Hospital.
Over 815 toys have been donated to area hospital children in the last eight years.

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