A season of giving

Starting in August 2018, Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne’s Paramedic Science students perform at least 24 hours of community service. To fulfill part of this requirement, a group of students decided to donate first aid items to Mission Donate during The Rescue Mission of Fort Wayne’s National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 12–16.

The students not only chose to participate but were determined to make a difference. They created 120 first aid kits for Mission Donate. The kits had bandages of assorted sizes, alcohol preps, 2×2’s, antibiotic ointment, a hand wipe, antiseptic wipes, antifungal cream, a toothbrush, floss, shampoo, conditioner, bars of soap, lotion, a pair of socks, a mylar blanket, and an encouraging quote. 

“When I dropped the first-aid kits off at the rescue mission, the workers were so excited,” says Jennifer Knapp, instructor of paramedic science. “They told me people rarely donate first-aid kits even though they’re in demand. They were so happy to be getting their need filled; and filled well beyond their expectations.”

Students were overwhelmingly supportive and enthusiastic for this program. After they were finished, some students even inquired about additional opportunities to help others and give back to the community.

“The community service project helped enhance my education through giving me a visual aid of what some of the less fortunate members in our community could benefit from,” says Deborah Angstrom, paramedic science student. “I thought this was a very insightful project, because it helped me a little to put myself in the shoes of people in need. It also made me think about all the little luxuries we take for granted. It was an awesome learning and giving experience!”

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