This post is written by guest writer, Maressa Malabanan, 1st year MEPN
Tuesday night, March 13th, MEPNs gave back to at least 250+ service members and their families. Along with nursing students from other local nursing programs, MEPNs worked together for this Sigma Theta Tau hosted event. We all had the opportunity to give the military service members and their families an evening break from making a meal, doing the dishes, and entertaining the kids. We arrived at 4 pm to set up the dining hall, help with pre-dinner activities such as face painting the kids, prepared drinks and set up the Panda Express food line. With dinner starting at 6 pm, we all had our USO aprons and food-serving gloves on and our entrees ready to serve the masses.
It was a fun event where we got to socialize with our peers, other nursing students, faculty, and the military community while also giving back to those who serve! As they thanked us for our acts, I only felt more thankful for them and their sacrifices. It was an awesome event that allowed us MEPNs to get together to give back to the community!
Special thanks to Dr Lyn Puhek and Dr Susie Hutchins for overseeing this event.