DCCC Nursing Students Spread the Spirit of the Season with Thanksgiving Dinner to Less Fortunate

Nov. 21, 2012 – A group of nursing students from Davidson County Community College recently opened their hearts by offering food and fellowship to help those less fortunate with the “Turkey, Trimmings & ADPIE (Assess, Diagnose, Plan, Implement and Evaluate)” event.

The nursing students provided a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, dressing, yams, green beans and an assortment of hearty sides and desserts, as well as gift bags with comfort and hygiene items for their guests to take with them. The group served individuals from Crisis Ministries, a shelter in Lexington.

Melissa Whitt, a nursing student at DCCC, says the group was especially grateful for all of the support the community provided for the project. Many businesses partnered with students to make the event a success, including food and catering equipment by Catering by Ricks in Denton, Flowers Bakery in Jamestown, BBQ Center and Southern Lunch in Lexington, and the Thomasville City Schools. Freedom Baptist Church of Lexington provided the buses and drivers to transport people from the shelter to DCCC’s campus. And musical performer Ken McIver Davis donated his time by playing and singing for guests.

Area hotels, medical centers, dental offices and other businesses donated a variety of items for the gift bags, including bags and combs, toothbrushes and toothpaste, dental floss, shampoo and conditioner, soap, deodorant, lotion, lip balm, as well as hats, gloves and scarves.

Aside from providing the people at the shelter with a special meal and comfort items for the holiday season, Whitt says the group wanted to introduce the guests to the campus environment.

“We hope that removing some of the intimidation that may accompany the thought of attending college and providing them with information on how to apply for classes and financial aid may have sparked someone’s interest in furthering their education and bettering their lives,” says Whitt.

Whitt says that through the dinner, she and the nursing students hoped to spread the support that was once offered to them.

“There are several of us in the program that are now or once were not far from being in a similar situation as the individuals and families that are utilizing the shelter, including myself,” says Whitt. “Somewhere along the road, we were lucky enough to have someone that supported or believed in us if only for just a moment. We would like to spread that support. … We truly hope this dinner becomes an annual event.”

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2013. It is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.