The Stout Pre-Health Society is collecting those items to send to needy children in Nicaragua.
Items should be either new or gently used. They can be put in drop-off boxes on both floors of the Memorial Student Center starting Wednesday, Nov. 28, through Wednesday, Dec. 19.
“Nicaraguan children do not have many toys or sports equipment to play with, so we want to change that. Help us help them,” said Kevin Kosel, an applied science major from Roseville, Minn.
Students in the group developed a Nicaraguan connection in January when 10 of them traveled to the impoverished country in Central America as part of the Physiology of Disabilities course taught by biology Professor Ann Parsons.
They visited hospitals and clinics to volunteer and observe, donated medical supplies and taught general health to residents at the headquarters of Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas. They also donated toys and crafts to children.
The Stout Pre-Health Society also held a sunglasses drive in April. Sunglasses were collected and sent to Nicaragua, where most people can’t afford them.
The applied science program has five concentrations, including preprofessional programs, which prepares students to pursue careers in chiropractic, dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy and veterinary medicine. For more information, go to the website.
For more information on the children’s donation drive, email Kosel.