TNCC Nursing Students Donate Food to Local Service Organization

Published: November 18, 2011

Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) nursing students recently donated over 300 food items to Hampton Roads Ecumenical Lodgings and Provisions, Inc. (H.E.L.P.). Based in Hampton, H.E.L.P. was established in 1982 to serve the homeless and those in crisis by providing shelter, food, financial assistance and medical and dental care.

“Our contribution to this wonderful facility was just a fraction of what we could do to help our community. As future nurses, we are proud and privileged to be able to contribute to such a giving organization. With the holidays approaching quickly it would be very generous to have our entire college commit themselves to bring in canned goods for this excellent cause. The organization takes donations year round, please help if can,” said Hazel Ruff, faculty who coordinated the effort.

Staffed by volunteer physicians, nurses, pharmacists and social workers, the organization provides its services including medical exams and medication, free of charge.  H.E.L.P. relies on partnerships with local hospitals such as Sentara and Riverside to provide lab and x-ray tests and medication. It provides no-cost specialty referrals, diabetic counseling and educations and has a small in-house pharmacy.

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