The Student Nurses Association (SNA) at Raritan Valley Community College held a gift wrapping fundraiser and toy drive Dec. 20 at Factory Fuel Co. coffee house in Flemington, NJ.
Proceeds from the gift wrapping fundraiser are going to the National Council on Aging, a nonprofit service and advocacy organization for older adults. Additional money was raised for the Nurses Pinning Ceremony.
SNA raised $306 from the gift wrapping. At the end of the fundraiser, they decided to send half of the money raised for the pinning ceremony to the National Council on Aging.
Donations from the toy drive will be sent to children in the Hunterdon Medical Center Pediatric Unit. These children will also receive get well cards made by their peers during the event.
Ashley Kelk, co-vice president of finance, said SNA chose the National Council on Aging because most of the money sent to them goes directly to supporting their cause. “We’re very selective in who we work with and I believe in what they’re doing. I think it’s important that our generation respects the elderly.”
Kelk said SNA held the fundraiser at Factory Fuel Co. because it is a stress free environment and the business is enthusiastic about fundraising. “They were extremely helpful with allowing us this space and helping us advertise.”
Rachel Urban, co-president, said that SNA is heavily involved in community service because simply going to classes is not enough to become a successful nurse. “It’s about learning what the profession is about, which is giving back to the community and helping out people less fortunate than you.”
Urban said she believes in what RVCC stands for and is proud of the college’s nursing program. She first wanted to be a nurse after working as a nanny for a boy with special needs for two years. “He was very sick for the first year of his life, but he is six now and has flourished. He’s thriving and he’s beautiful. That made me want to get into pediatrics.”
Karey Hornbaker, vice president, said she became a nurse to help people by giving them something they can’t repay her for.
Kelk said she wanted to be a nurse after seeing how well nurses cared for her mother, who was sick for most of Kelk’s time in grade school and high school. “I spent a lot of time in hospitals with her. I remember a nurse letting me stay after hours, bringing me extra jello in my favorite color. Those little things made me feel much more at ease with the situation.”