Student Organizations Give to Ronald McDonald House Charities
November 5, 2012 - Two student organizations at Southeastern Technical College recently worked together to collect and deliver supplies to Savannah's Ronald McDonald House.
The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) and Skills USA collected bottled water, bathroom tissue, disinfecting wipes, and other materials on the school's Vidalia campus to help the charity, which houses families with critically ill or injured children in one of Savannah's hospitals.
"This was a great opportunity for our school organizations to help out and give to such a wonderful place like the Ronald McDonald House," said Tina Jernigan, a Southeastern Tech instructor and advisor for the organizations. "We collected over 60 items for the Ronald McDonald House."
This is the first time either student organization has worked with the Ronald McDonald House, but plans are now in place to repeat the drive each year. The effort began after a member of both groups recommended the charity.
"My IAAP and Skills USA President LaDonna York knew someone that stayed there and how important of an organization it was and she mentioned it to me," said Jernigan. "As a group, we thought it was a great cause and decided to move forward with it."
Donations were accepted from Sept. 6 to Oct. 25 and the items were delivered on Oct. 30. Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire's website says the organization is "neither owned nor fully funded by McDonald's or Ronald McDonald House Charities global organization [and is] fully supported by our community."
"It was very humbling and we plan to do this again in the spring. Thanks to all the students that helped and supported this project," said Jernigan.
For more information on IAAP, Skills USA, or Southeastern Technical College, call (912) 538-3100 or (478) 289-2200 or visit www.southeasterntech.edu.