Geauga Student Nurse AssociationPosted Jan. 9, 2012
The Geauga Student Nurse Association (GSNA) has gotten off to a great start this academic year! They met early in Fall 2011 to elect officers and to identify activities for the year. GSNA members served as volunteers in September when the American Red Cross came to our campus for a blood donation drive. Donors were assisted in filling out essential paperwork at the beginning of the process and were offered light refreshments at the end.
In October GSNA members participated in the Burton Chamber of Commerce Scarecrow Project. Two scarecrows were designed and made by GSNA members and Diane Broze, clinical instructor. One scarecrow decorated the entrance to Kent Geauga's property and the other sat outside one of the Burton Village establishments.
November brought some serious work to the members as they ran a food collection on campus. It was gratifying to see how many of the college community brought food items in for folks less fortunate. Fifteen bags of food items were provided to a local food bank. In addition, a local family with two adults and four children were provided all the necessary food items for a wonderful Thanksgiving feast.
December kept the GSNA members busy with two projects. The first was a "Mitten Tree". Located just inside the front door to our building was a tree where donations of mittens, gloves, scarves, and hats were attached to the tree like decorations. During finals week the donations were gathered up and delivered to the local domestic violence shelter. The shelter employees were overwhelmed with the donation stating the supply of mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves could last them all winter! The second project was the adoption of a family through the service organization Toys for Tots. The family consisted of a grandmother, a father, a 12 year old daughter, and a six year old son. Dad is quite ill with cancer, and the GSNA members worked hard to make this a wonderful Christmas for the whole family. Through the hard work of GSNA members and the generosity of the campus community GSNA members collected close to $2000 in gifts and gift cards for food.
During the spring semester the GSNA members have plans for assisting with another ARC blood donation drive, a program on professional presentation at interviews, and another outreach activity prior to spring break. All of the GSNA members would like to thank the college community for their participation in these activities. Our success was due, in part, to your thoughtful and generous contributions.