Massage therapy students in the Pregnancy and Special Populations class at Minnesota School of Business-Elk River recently held a drive to collect toys for children of all ages for the Ronald McDonald House and the Children’s Hospital.
The students delivered the toys themselves and spent the day at the facility doing chair massages for families of children being treated there.
The idea for this applied learning project came from MSB student Crystal Colvin, who has a connection to the organization. The students were in favor of the project from the beginning.
“As a class, we wanted to give back to the Children’s Hospital and their families,” Colvin said. “The toys will be put to good use for child activities and gifts.”
Her connection to the organization stems from her own personal experiences.
“The chair massages were extra special to me as I have personally spent a lot of time at Children’s Hospital with my son and I know how those parents feel. It felt good to give back to those who need it the most,” Colvin said.
The drive was successful, according to Diana Oberg, massage therapy program chair. They collected 25 items and $230 between the Plymouth and Elk River campuses. The cash allowed Oberg to shop for “tons of toys” to add to the items already collected for the families, she said.
In addition to providing toys and chair massages, the group was also able to tour the Children’s Hospital (Ronald McDonald House is located within the facility). The group was able to interact with the families but unfortunately couldn’t talk with the children due to health reasons.
Overall, the students said they felt it was a worthwhile experience, and some of them have already expressed interest in volunteering there in the future and possibly even working at a hospital in the future.
If you are interested in donating to this worthy cause, they accept toys and games as well as food donations. For more information about Ronald McDonald House, click here. For more information about Children’s Hospital, click here.