Students in Trevecca Nazarene University’s physician assistant (PA) program took the initiative to bring some holiday cheer to others this Christmas season.
The PA Class of 2019 came up with an idea for a service project to host a holiday sock drive for patients at TrustPoint hospital, a 100-bed adult behavioral health hospital that treats a wide range of patients from those dealing with Alzheimer’s disease to drug dependency and depression.
Currently there is no one providing any donations to the patients during the upcoming holiday.
The staff said that it would bring great joy to the patients to have someone share a little extra love to them during the holiday season.
Veronica Rockwell, a current Trevecca PA student, took the initiative in leading up the sock drive but gives the credit to the Lord. Rockwell says the reason she got into to medicine was to live out the words of Mother Teresa: “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”
The purpose of the sock drive, Rockwell says, was to find small things to do in the community and continually pour love into others in small ways. Other PA students were shocked to hear how many patients wouldn’t have anyone or anything to celebrate Christmas with, she says.
Trevecca’s PA students were excited to be a part of the small act of kindness.
“To be charitable and serve others is one of the principle pillars of life,” said Brian Song, a current PA student who participated in the sock drive. “In this case, it was making sure the patients of TrustPoint have some comfort and holiday cheer.”
The goal of the sock drive was to collect 100 pairs of socks for each patient at TrustPoint to receive a gift on Christmas. The students reached their goal—and then surpassed it. They’ll distribute more than by over 200 pairs of socks to the patients of TrustPoint over the holidays.
Rockwell says she did not expect the incredible amount of student participation from her classmates but says “the generosity was overflowing.”
Kristin Freeman, another PA student, echoed Rockwell’s sentiments.
“I think it’s so special that now all of the patients will have a little something to open and brighten their days on Christmas morning,” she said. “I just hope [the patients] know that people are thinking about them, and they are loved.”