DANVILLE – A holiday collection for women staying in the Women's Shelter of Your Family Resource Connection is all about helping with self-esteem.
Vanessa Ramm, 20, is a second-year student in the radiologic technology program at Danville Area Community College and president of the Rad Tech Club.
Ramm explained that the club is made up of students in the X-ray program and that the club is dedicated to community service projects and raising money to help its members attend the annual educational conference.
"Right now we are collecting items that can give the women staying at the Y a little boost," she explained. "All women need those little things that make you feel better about yourself; I think it's even more important for women who are trying to make a better life for themselves, who may have had to leave their homes and everything personal behind and are discouraged."
Ramm said that this time of year, the focus of many charities is on children.
"It's easy to forget the mothers who are struggling too," she said.
Ramm listed items like Chapstick, makeup, perfume, body washes, sprays and lotions as being good donations.
While DACC staff and students will be the primary donors, the public is welcome to join in the club's efforts. This is the fourth year for this project.
"The boxes fill up. The campus community is very generous," said Al Bello, club adviser. "The club and its projects help bond the class as they work toward a common goal and take on tasks bigger than themselves."
Bello said about two-thirds of the radiology technician students participate in the club.
"We have a broad spectrum of students from ages 19 and 20 to in their 50s," Bello said of enrollment in the program. "It makes for a good mix."
The club also sells Beef House rolls, participates in Community Day at Elder-Beerman, and holds bake sales, raffles and car washes.
Ramm said the service projects help students learn more about the needs of people in the community.
"There is a social caring side of wanting to be in our field," she explained. "A side that wants to reach out to humanity. When we do our jobs right, we can change a patient's whole view of a health facility."
Items can be dropped off through Nov. 30 at the following locations: Donna Davis' office, Room 169, Mary Miller Center; Lisa Osborne's office, Room 133, Technology Center; Diane Strong's office, Room 217, Clock Tower; and Jeanne Dunne's office, Room 104, Lincoln Hall. All are on the DACC campus, 2000 E. Main St.