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Southern Campus students participate in Red Nose Day 2017.

Southern Campus students participate in Red Nose Day 2017.

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Southern Campus Student Nursing Association participates in Red Nose Day

IRONTON, Ohio – For the second year in a row the Ohio University Southern Student Nurses Association (SNA) participated in the Red Nose Day for America campaign on May 25. Red Nose Day was established to increase awareness and support for children living in poverty.

The SNA collected non-perishable food items for Harvest for the Hungry, an interdenominational food pantry located in Ironton, Ohio. The food pantry has operated since 1992 from contributions and donations, helping families in need in Lawrence County, Ohio.

Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign run by the non-profit organization Comic Relief Inc., a registered U.S. 501(c)(3) public charity. Red Nose Day brings people together to have fun, raise money and change the lives of kids who need our help the most. Launched in the U.S. in 2015, the effort is dedicated to ending child poverty, both in the U.S. and in some of the poorest communities in the world. The money raised by Red Nose Day in the U.S. has benefited programs for children and young people in all 50 states and in 25 countries internationally.

Associate Professor of Nursing Beth Delaney said that the goal of Southern Campus participants was to raise awareness of the number of children who live in poverty and in some cases wonder where their next meal may come from. “Simply being aware of the needs in your community and stopping to think twice about what you might have that others don’t have is worth taking a moment to pause and reflect on,” added Delaney. 

Associate degree nursing student Brianna Wilson knows very well the importance of providing nutritional meals to children. “I have three children of my own and being able to give food to local kids in the community is a blessing to me. I am able to feed my children every day, and I don’t think any child should have to suffer without food,” said Wilson.

To learn more about Red Nose Day or to make a donation, visit https://rednoseday.org. To learn more about Harvest for the Hungry or to make a donation, visit http://harvestforthehungry.weebly.com. For more information about the nursing program at Ohio University Southern, visit https://www.ohio.edu/southern.

This article was provided by Ohio University Southern staff.