Stephens students today made and delivered fleece blankets to Boone Hospital, spent time at area nursing homes and assisted at the Rainbow House as part of the College's Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
In the morning, students gathered in the Student Union to create the colorful blankets. About 35 students then met in the afternoon to walk over to the hospital and deliver the blankets, which were then distributed among patients.
A different group of students spent the morning at the Rainbow House, which provides support and housing for children. Some assisted with creating marketing materials for Child Abuse Awareness Month in April, while others sorted donations in the pantry.
Two other groups spent the afternoon with residents at the Bluffs Nursing Home and Bluff Creek Terrace Assisted Living.
While helping out, students expressed interest in working with the groups again in the future, said Ada Gallup, interim director of the Leadership and Programming office.
"It's the perfect marriage of our talent and uniqueness going out and impacting the community for the greater good," she said. "Connecting students with leaders in the community and letting them give back through service is invaluable. They're seeing the importance of giving back and how important it is to be invested in your community."
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