Members of the Student Nursing Association (SNA) organization at West Coast University-Texas volunteered at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), where they packed 8,856 meals that could feed up to 24 children for an entire year.
“The FMSC event was something we were able to do locally and also make an impact globally,” SNA President Sydney Datcher said. “Seeing the total number of meals and how many children it can feed made the impact more real.”
FMSC is a non-profit organization dedicated to packing nutritious meals for kids in need around the world. The members hand-packed rice, soy, dried vegetables, and a nutritionally complete blend of vitamins and minerals.
“Packing the food and fellowshipping with the person next to you made it a fun experience,” Datcher said.
A Learning Experience for Student Nurses
Philanthropy is one of the cornerstones of SNA. For Datcher, volunteering provides a lesson in selflessness. She believes that volunteering can give student nurses exposure that will help them understand a patient’s situation differently.
“Realizing what it takes to feed a child for a year gave us a perspective we may not have known before. This is something we could learn from and take to clinicals,” Datcher said.
To Datcher, nursing is all about giving back. The organization plans on having more volunteering events throughout the term.
“We try to benefit the community around us, our students and our campus,” Datcher said.
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