Snead State nursing students give back
BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT)- The Marshall County Christmas Coalition has been helping assist families in need around the holidays for nearly 20 years. This year, student nurses volunteered to help the organization near and dear to many of their hearts.
Some Snead State nursing students took it upon themselves to donate time, and money, for a cause that makes a difference in thousands of children’s lives every year.
Student nurse Danyelle Thackerson says they asked for donations in class, “We passed around, what was it a urinal, a bed urinal during class. And, you know, we took up money and people gave what they could, and luckily we raised enough to sponsor three kids.”
Not only were the students able to help sponsor children for the Marshall County Christmas Coalition, five of them volunteered to help organize and set up a shop for donors and volunteers to select gifts for children based on their wish lists.
Student nurse Julie Foster said it was heartbreaking learning that many of the children being sponsored lacked necessities.
“It just breaks my heart. And so I want to do everything that I can possibly do to be able to provide for those children,” said Foster.
For one of the students, the volunteer work hits close to home. “My kids got it about 13 years ago when I first moved here. And if it wasn’t for the christmas coalition, my kids wouldn’t have had a christmas,” says Thackerson.
The students plan to volunteer, and sponsor as many children as possible for years to come.