Throughout the weeks leading up to the most recent holiday season, the students at Ross Medical Education Center campus in Fort Wayne, Indiana were hard at work trying to make the holidays a little brighter for some local children. They worked together to collect toys for children who have extended stays at the Parkview Health PICU. Throughout their time doing so, they were able to collect over 100 toy items from students and local businesses.
The toys that were collected by the Ross Fort Wayne students were then put together into “Busy Bags” for those children staying in Parkview Health’s PICU. The Busy Bags filled with toys were then added to the children’s playroom that is found on the intensive care floor. Some of the toys and other fun items collected and donated by the Ross campus were dolls, puzzles, coloring books, trucks, frisbees, and more.
The staff, faculty, and students from the Ross campus were honored to be able to support these children and their families as well as Parkview Health. Parkview Health is one of the largest health care providers to the people in the Fort Wayne area and has proven to be a wonderful asset to their community. In addition, they have been and continue to be a great partnership that Ross enjoys.
Jasmine Henderson, a student in the morning Medical Assistant program, was thrilled to be able to participate in the Busy Bag drive hosted by her campus. She shared about the experience, “I thought that it was a great idea to donate to the Parkview PICU and help out those children who are going through a tough time. That is one of the reasons why I love being a student at Ross, we are always giving back to our community.” Many other students echoed similar sentiments and expressed how much they look forward to future community events.