Beginning on Monday, the class’s 23 students will begin collecting the plush toys as part of a special project. The drive will come to a conclusion on Friday, Nov. 11.
“This is our first time to do a stuffed animal drive,” said Tila Johnson, RN. “We choose a different activity each year to celebrate Health Occupation Students of America Week and this is what this year’s class voted on.”
“In the past, we have written letters to soldiers, organized a coat drive, created baskets for intensive care units or held health education sessions for community activities,” she continued. “The stuffed animals we accumulate from the drive will be donated to our local emergency responders.”
Agencies benefitting from the drive are Magnolia Regional Health Center EMS, the Corinth Police Department, the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department and the County Department of Human Services.
All stuffed items donated for the drive should be in new or clean condition. The toys may be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday at the center.
“I am excited the students chose this particular project as I have worked (and still do) in our local ER for the past 19 years,” said Johnson. “The paramedics and police are very dear to my heart. They are put in some tough situations involving children sometimes and I know they will really appreciate the donations, especially with the holidays coming up.”
Our future health professionals value any assistance the community can offer to help our responders be able to calm children in emergencies and other stress situations.”
(The Alcorn Career and Technology Center is located at 2101 Norman Road in Corinth. For more information call 662-286-7727.)