In a year full of challenges, being able to give back to the community feels even more meaningful this holiday season. We are so proud to share details of how some of our educators and students are reaching out to safely support their communities.

School: Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences, Reading, PA
Shared By: Davina Foster, BSN, CST, Surgical Technology Program Director
Act of Service: All of the schools in the Reading Hospital system have donated food for Thanksgiving baskets and a gift card to get an entree of their choice. The baskets went to families in local school districts that are in need. In addition, the school has a Salvation Army Angel Tree from which students can select an ornament, providing either a child or senior’s gift wish. Finally, the team is purchasing toys for Reading Hospital’s Pediatric Department so that children will have presents during the holiday season.

Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, NC
Shared By: Terry M. Herring, Ed.S, COA, CSFA, CSIS, CSPDT, CST, Division Chairperson – Surgical Services
Act of Service: As part of their department’s Surgical Services Students Fighting Hunger campaign, surgical technology and surgical assisting students collected pantry items for Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina (SHFB), as shown in the photo below.

University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
Shared By: Theresa Sorgen-Burleson, MBA, CST, Surgical Technology Program Director
Description: The University of Saint Francis (USF) competes in a friendly competition with other Northeast Indiana area colleges and universities in a campaign called #ucancrushhunger. For the past five years, students have been able to “crush hunger” in the community with a donation of 104,131 pounds of food — and USF has crushed the competition every year (for a good cause), too! Donations are given to Community Harvest Food Bank.