Davidson County Community College Nursing Students Provide Thanksgiving Meal to Those in Need for Second Year

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Nov 27, 2013 – Thanksgiving came early for residents of Crisis Ministries of Davidson County as nursing students from Davidson County Community College welcomed them to the Davidson Campus on Tuesday, Nov 26, for an evening of food, fellowship and entertainment.  

For the second straight year, guests of the event were served a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey, dressing, yams, assorted sides and desserts. Nearly 85 guests from the Lexington shelter were served along with residents of Genesis House, the family arm of Crisis Ministries. In addition to the holiday meal, needs-challenged guests received gift bags filled with personal hygiene items and winter accessories, such as gloves and hats, and for those with children, gift bags containing crayons and coloring books were distributed.

Students developed this outreach program using the ADPIE (Assess, Diagnose, Plan, Implement, Evaluate) nursing process. They first identified a need in the community, and then developed an action plan to solve the problem much like they would in a clinical setting.

“Going into a field where compassion and community service are so important, we’re thankful that we, as students at DCCC, are able to reach out and help those in need,” says Tim Myers, a DCCC nursing student and coordinator of the event. “Many people won’t get a hot meal at Thanksgiving, and this is just a small gesture on our part.” 

Myers notes the event would not be possible without the assistance of businesses, groups and individuals from the community. Contributions were received from Rick’s Restaurant of Denton, The Barbecue Center, Cagney’s of Midway, Stamey’s BBQ of Tyro, Terry House Barbecue, Southern Lunch, Orrell’s Food Service, Merita Bakery, Sweet Josephine’s Gourmet Cupcakes of High Point, Food Lion, Lee Warehouse, Thomasville City Schools, Thomasville Medical Center, Lexington Medical Center and The Storm Cellar at DCCC. Guitarist and vocalist Ken McIver Davis performed musical selections throughout the evening and transportation to and from the event was provided by Freedom Baptist Church.

Transporting the dinner guests to DCCC allowed the students to introduce them to the campus environment and hopefully remove some of the intimidation that may accompany the thought of attending college. Information was provided on how to apply for classes and financial aid.

“We, as nursing students, are proud to lead by example, and our hope is that this event will continue to grow,” Myers says. “When we think about the joy and appreciation the group from Crisis Ministries has shown toward us, the satisfaction on our part is well worth the effort that was put forth.”

DCCC nursing instructor Kaye Fuson notes that the student-generated event shows that these future nurses understand their very human role as both nurse and community member. For some, the project takes months of preparation while, at the same time, being immersed in a demanding nursing program.

“Our students brought this idea to me last year, and I had no idea the impact it would have until I attended,” Fuson says. “The feel is not that of a charity event but a fellowship. The music makes it like a social event, and yet it is serving such a need. This can’t be recreated in a clinical setting, and it shows the meaning of community.”

*Editor’s note: Pictured are (left to right) DCCC nursing instructor Kaye Fuson, event organizer, nursing student Tim Myers and Mattie Pritchett, president of the Davidson Community College Association of Nursing Students (DCCANS) as they prepare to greet and feed guests from Crisis Ministries of Davidson County and Genesis House.

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 celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. 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.