ESCANABA — While they may not be certified to save lives yet, the EMT and Paramedics Club at Bay College is without a doubt making the lives of some patients easier.
After speaking with emergency room staff at OSF St. Francis Hospital, one EMT/Paramedic student doing clinicals noticed a need for some patients on their way home from the hospital.
“They have patients who come in, their clothing is soiled or cut off in an emergency situation, or they come in without clothing to go home in and they needed donations, so our EMT/Paramedic Club decided to take this on as a project,” said Amy Anderson, an EMT/Paramedic instructor at Bay College.
The project is called “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff,” and the club has collected over 150 items of clothing. The students have already made one donation to the hospital, but they’re getting ready to drop off more.
Anderson said that community involvement is a major part of an EMT or paramedic’s career, and this group of students is well aware of that.
“I think we all really like to give back to the community some, so I think that it’s a good idea,” said Sam Sailer, a student enrolled in EMT/Paramedic classes.
“It feels good to get everyone involved and see how much the community cares about each other,” added Noah Krycia, the president of Bay College’s EMT & Paramedic Club.
The club is still collecting new or gently used t-shirts and sweatpants for all ages until the end of the semester, which is May 9th. If you wish to donate, there is a drop box in the M-TEC lobby at Bay College.
The club is hoping to start up “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” again during the fall semester.