One nurse at Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton, Calif., is guiding the effort to help prepare area children for the upcoming school year.
The third annual Way Cool, Back to School program is led by Cyndi Allan, RN. Joining Allan will be several employees, volunteers, and physicians, who will fill and distribute more than 100 backpacks for children in the North County.
After working several years in the ER and volunteering at a local homeless shelter, Allan has seen her share of foster children in need.
I saw firsthand how important it is for kids to begin the year with a fresh start, she says. It is such a privilege to be a nurse. In this economy, I still have a good job, and I want to give back.
Allan started the program with the help of other nurses in the ER at Twin Cities. Each of the nurses adopted one of 30 children with profiles similar in age to their own children. Each child was prepared for the upcoming school year with a backpack of school supplies as well as other goodies. The program was so successful that they opened it up to other employees in the hospital.Cyndi Allan, RN
Everyone pitched in, says Allan, adding that Diane Everett, RN, BSN, was extremely helpful coordinating this years project which netted 100 backpack volunteers.
Each year when the backpacks are ready, volunteers meet at the hospital and distribute the gifts to area homeless shelters and surrounding agencies.
Allan wants to continue this event next year, and is hopeful it will grow even more.
If you are passionate about something, if you have an idea and youre passionate about it, you can make it happen, she says.
Participating agencies include North County Womens Shelter, ECHO homeless shelter, and social services in Atascadero and Paso Robles.
For more information, visit twincitieshospital.com.