NPCC first-year nursing students Samantha Robins, Sabrina Stineman and Christina Blanton, all of North Platte, put together baskets of goodies for Aiden Solon, a local child with cancer.
First-year nursing students at North Platte Community College continued their pattern of giving back to the community this week. They put together a gift basket for Aiden Solon, a second-grader from North Platte who has cancer.
Members of NPCC's chapter of the Nebraska State Student Nurses Association began the gift basket project immediately after their campaign to replenish water supplies at local fire departments ended on Friday.
"We just wanted to give Aiden something that he could use when driving to treatments or in the hospital," said Samantha Robins, first vice president of the NSSNA.
To fill the basket, the nursing students asked for donations from local business and purchased items themselves. Toy cars, a teddy bear, clay, pencils, crayons, snacks and comic, activity and coloring books are just some of the goodies they compiled.
The project grew as the donations streamed in. It now consists of two baskets, two cups and some stand-alone items such as magic kits. Solon's family will also receive numerous gift certificates to local restaurants.
The college's nursing students helped Solon last year as well. They raised more than $2,000 for his travel and medical expenses through a "Run For Your Life!" 5K and Kids' Mile run/walk.