Aug. 28, 2012
-- Twin Cities Community Hospital Emergency Department nurses Cyndi Allan, RN, and Diane Burkey, BSN, CEN spearheaded the sixth annual “Way Cool Back to School” program in which backpacks filled with school supplies are donated to local children in need.
In the hope of equipping underserved youth with essential school supplies to which they might not otherwise have access, the nurses led a hospital-wide collection of new, donated notebooks, pens, paper, rulers, calculators, and other classroom necessities.
They sorted the supplies by age group appropriateness into backpacks before donating them to children of corresponding ages from the North County Women’s Shelter, the Atascadero Homeless Shelter, and North County at risk youth as identified by Social Services.
“Participating in the Way Cool Back to School program is a very rewarding experience for us,” said co-event organizer Cyndi Allan. “The kids are happy to get their brand new school supplies that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford, and we are glad to help give them a leg up for the new school year.”
This year, the nurses’ program generated a total of 62 backpacks worth of supplies for area youth. This is one of many community initiatives that the Twin Cities Community Hospital staff spearheads for the benefit of those less fortunate.