Amidst the rush of the holiday season and the strain of preparing for finals, Southeastern Oklahoma State University students in Tammy Crow’s Psych of Adjustment class at the McCurtain County Campus took time out to help spread some Christmas cheer to local nursing home residents.
Someone mentioned in a class discussion that there were people in nursing facilities without family to visit them or bring gifts during the holidays. The class decided they could make a small difference in the lives of these residents. The students committed to bring small gifts to class and make bags for the residents of one nursing home.
“We thought it would be a small project that we could do quickly,” Crow said.
But, the spirit of the season took hold. Students began discussing their project on Facebook. Soon others – many who were former students – wanted to participate too.
“It’s just overwhelming,” remarked student Gina Segraves. “I never expected this kind of response.”
By the time all the donations were collected, the class was able to prepare 77 gift bags – enough for the residents of two facilities, Broken Bow Health and Rehab and McCurtain Manor nursing home.
Segraves and fellow student Carley Harp delivered the bags to the nursing homes last week so that they would be ready when Santa was ready to distribute them.