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Nursing Students Prepare Baskets as Easter Gifts

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

John A. Logan College Licensed Practical Nursing students have been busy making up Easter baskets to be distributed to children at area homeless shelters. Seated are from left: Tyler Harris of Herrin, Katy Wyant of Carbondale and Audra Bradford of Carterville. Standing are ADN nursing instructor Mikeal Kos, Liam Farrell of Herrin, Ashley Bradley of Herrin, Liz Sine of Johnston City and Kim Reeder of Ava. (Logan Media Services photo)

John A. Logan College Licensed Practical Nursing students have been busy making up Easter baskets to be distributed to children at area homeless shelters. Seated are from left: Tyler Harris of Herrin, Katy Wyant of Carbondale and Audra Bradford of Carterville. Standing are ADN nursing instructor Mikeal Kos, Liam Farrell of Herrin, Ashley Bradley of Herrin, Liz Sine of Johnston City and Kim Reeder of Ava. (Logan Media Services photo)

CARTERVILLE – John A.Logan College nursing students make good Easter Bunny helpers. For the last couple of weeks, instructor Mikeal Kos’s Licensed Practical Nursing students have been busy in their spare time preparing gift baskets for homeless and hospitalized children here in Southern Illinois.

A project originated by English instructor Jeneece Bishop involves annual fundraisers for a Bunny Fund that pays for an assortment of age-appropriate toys, a stuffed bunny and bible wrapped into a colorful Easter basket for a child whose parent may not be able to afford to buy one.

Baskets will be distributed to the Child Advocacy Center and Family Crisis and Homeless Shelter in Herrin; the Women’s Center and Memorial Hospital pediatrics, neonatal intensive care and newborn units in Carbondale; Lighthouse Shelter in Marion; and the Night’s Shield in West Frankfort.

Kos said nursing students received an assist from students in the Criminal Justice Department and raised $700 this year. That resulted in the making of more than 50 baskets.

“Our mission is to remember and provide comfort to children at Easter,” Kos said. “Our kids are really excited about making the deliveries. It’s a valuable service-learning project for them.”