First-year nursing students at North Platte Community College are doing their part to hydrate local heroes.
The North Platte Fire Department turned to Facebook in March to announce that its hydration resources had been stretched thin after multiple fires in the area.
The college's chapter of the Nebraska State Student Nurses Association decided to step up and replenish the supply ahead of peak fire season. Members are collecting bottled water, Gatorade and Powerade and are asking the public to do the same.
"As future nurses, it's important to us to take care of everyone, but especially the people we will be working very closely with," said Angela Rodda, NSSNA chapter president. "If that's something as simple as collecting water – we're all for it. Our goal is to restock all the stations."
Every NSSNA member has been challenged to collect 10 cases of water. Additionally, donations of bottled water and sports drinks will be accepted at the nursing office in the Health and Science Center on NPCC's South Campus until May 4. Contributions of money to buy water are also being accepted.
"We've had some monetary donations already," said Rodda. "One gentleman gave $100 – that buys a lot of cases of water."
NSSNA members are willing to pick up donations. Arrangements can be made by calling Rodda at (307) 371-9745.