Christian Brothers University (CBU) exceeded its goal of 10,000 by assembling more than 12,000 meal packets of dried food to support the efforts of the CBU Nursing Program’s mission trip to St. Vincent’s School and Orphanage in Haiti. On a chilly Saturday morning, October 27, volunteers from the CBU community donated time and/or treasure to help in this humanitarian outreach.
Working in two hour time slots, volunteers packed food in an assembly line in an attempt to prepare as many meals as possible. Competition for finishing a box of meals quickly was part of the fun. The meals will be delivered by the students and faculty of the CBU Nursing Program during their upcoming fall mission trip to Haiti. This will be the second clinical mission trip to St. Vincent’s in Port-au-Prince, Haiti which has supported “Humble Hearts and Healing Hands.” These trips are designed as student clinical experiences to provide healthcare to Haitians in need.
When asked about the impact the drive had on her personally, Assistant Director of the CBU Nursing Program, Dr. Sue Trzynka reflected, “Never in my adult life have I had the opportunity to work for and with an organization such as Christian Brothers University. Many organizations address “service” and the expectations of service for faculty and students.” She continued, “The leadership at CBU takes the pivot position at the front of the line and demonstrates along with faculty and students their commitment to not only service to the community but the global community- in this case Haiti. I am blessed to be a part of the CBU family.”
This group will leave November 3 transporting as many of the meals in containers and in their allotted suitcases as possible. The drive and upcoming trip is especially important since the post-hurricane children’s food allowance has been stopped and Hurricane Sandy has brought even more devastation to the impoverished country. Wynn Tedford, Admissions Recruiter in the Graduate & Professional Studies, noted, “Hurricane Sandy has brought more damage to an already suffering island. The meals we packaged Saturday will ensure, even in this state of disaster, food will be available for the children still suffering from the 2010 earthquake.”
For more information on how to become involved with “Humble Hearts and Healing Hands”, contact Dr. Sue Trzynka at email@example.com. To learn about the RN to BSN Nursing program at CBU, visit www.cbu.edu/nursing or call (901) 321-3339.