|AHT Students Donate Toys|
Auburn Students Donate Toys to Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
CONCORD TWP. - Auburn Career Center’s Mary Eschenauer, Ashley Beesler, both of Madison, and Samantha Hargis, of Berkshire, recently hosted a toy drive for children at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.
All three students are juniors in Auburn’s allied health program and chose this as a community service project for SkillsUSA. The community service competition evaluates local chapter activities that benefit the community. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization that is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.
In addition to Auburn, Madison High School also participated in the toy drive. Between the two schools, they collected 646 toys.
Eschenauer and Beesler dropped the toys off at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.
“We had about six carts of toys. The coordinating was harder than we thought, but it was a really good thing to do. It felt really good,” said Eschenauer.
Toys were collected for two purposes; parents with children in the hospital were able to shop (at no charge) for their child for Christmas and for diversional activities for patients.
Leftover toys are being used for children with extended hospital stays and for children who are in the hospital during their birthday.
“I am very proud of how hard these young ladies worked on this project for other kids in need. Their passion for this project was infectious and you can tell by the number of toys they collected that their passion was contagious,” said Sue Lefler, allied health instructor. “I congratulate Ashley, Mary and Sam for a terrific job. It is an honor to have them in my class here at Auburn Career Center.”
“I didn’t think we would get so many toys. Our goal was 300 or 400 and we passed that. I want to go into healthcare and work with children, being able to help them made me really happy.” said Beesler.