April 22, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – John A. Logan College nursing students distributed 47 Easter baskets last week to children, who at least temporarily, were housed at an area hospital or shelter.

Distribution sites included: the Williamson County Child Advocacy Center and Family Crisis and Homeless Shelter in Herrin; Women’s Center in Carbondale; Lighthouse Shelter in Marion; Night’s Shield in West Frankfort; and Southern Illinois Healthcare pediatric unit of Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

The class project, known as “The Bunny Fund,” is a continuation of work started several years ago by JALC English instructor, Jeneece Bishop.

“Making these baskets and delivering them may have been mandatory as part of our community outreach, but the experience we got from interacting with the children was truly heart-warming,” said JALC nursing student Nicole Johnson of Murphysboro. “Fellow students, Lindsay Unver, Haley Castrejon and I delivered baskets to the pediatrics unit at Memorial Hospital and then made another delivery to the Women’s Center.

“At first, we were bummed out because we didn’t think we would get to deliver the baskets to the kids themselves,” Johnson said, “but in the end, with SIH’s help, we were able to hand out a few in person. The way the children and their parents reacted to the gift baskets made us feel like we really did something special. Our instructors, Julie Horecker, and Mikeal Kos, deserve a lot of thanks for coordinating this project and giving us the opportunity to participate.”

Other students involved in creating the Easter baskets were: Haley Davis, Galen Cornett, Summer Galloway and Lindsey Humke.

Kos commended the students for their fine work.

“I thought the girls all did a great job in continuing this fine tradition. I’d also like to point out that Eric Heiple and some Criminal Justice students raised $97.82 for this year’s Bunny Fund. We very much appreciated their support.”