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WNCC Donates Blankets to Area Living Centers and Nursing Homes

December 11, 2015

BACK ROW (pictured from left to right): WNCC Students Cassidy Buckius, Brooklynn Skjoldal, Rose Nelson, and Jamie Lines. FRONT ROW: Mary Loud Bartling, resident of Sidney Regional Medical Center Extended Care.

Western Nebraska Community College - Sidney Campus is giving back to its surrounding communities by donating blankets to panhandle long term care facilities, including living centers and nursing homes.

"Five years ago, the staff and I at the Sidney Campus decided we wanted to give back to our service area," WNCC Sidney Campus Director Paula Abbott tells us. "We decided to create something together and then donate the items to the communities we serve. WNCC purchases the fleece blanket kits, Shirt Tales of Sidney embroiders our logo, and then students, staff, and faculty help cut and tie the blankets. Once that is completed, Student Services Coordinator Erin Huddleston and a group of students go to the seven local long-term care facilities in our service area and give the blankets to residents of the facilities.  It is wonderful to see the resident's face light up when you give them this blanket!"

Delivery locations include Miller Memorial Care Center, Chappell; Regional West Garden County Nursing Home, Oshkosh; Skyview, Bridgeport; Kimball County Manor, Kimball; Golden Living Center, Sidney; Sloan Estates, Sidney; and Sidney Regional Medical Center Extended Care Unit, Sidney.

For information, please contact WNCC Sidney Campus Director Paula Abbott at 308-254-7404 or email