Kent State Nursing Students Collect Blankets, Stuffed Animals and Books for Area Homeless Children

Kent State College of Nursing Delta Xi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), an honor society of nursing, helped celebrate STTI’s annual Founder’s Day on Wednesday, October 5th by collecting and assembling Project Night Night tote bags for children in local homeless shelters.  

Founded in 2005, Project Night Night works to provide homeless and low-income children ages 12 and under with essentials to help comfort them and give them a sense of security during difficult times. Each Night Night package consists of a blanket, stuffed animal and book inside a custom tote bag. 

“1 in 30 American children will face homelessness this year,” said Jessica Silverman Bryan, deputy director for Project Night Night. “Project Night Night strives to give children something they can call their own, something that can give them that little bit of comfort and confidence to deal with what's in front of them.”

The 2016-17 Delta Xi Leadership Interns, Tracy Schwab, BSN, RN, a graduate student in the adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner program, and Halie Rosser, a senior, selected Project Night Night because it aligned with their passion to help homeless children in northeast Ohio.

“This is a great cause because it positively impacts the homeless children in our area,” said Schwab. “Our goal is to assemble and donate at least 300 Project Night Night packages to area homeless shelters.” 

Community members are welcome to participate in the Project Night Night campaign by donating a new blanket with tags on, no larger than 50” X 60”, a new or like-new book or a “snuggle size” furry friend. “No-sew” blankets, Beanie Babies or similar tiny friends, and books or stuffed animals with battery compartments or commemorative years will not be accepted. Donation boxes have been placed in many locations around the Kent campus and monetary donations can be made at Donations will be accepted through Friday, December 9th.

About Project Night Night

Named a 2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit from Great Nonprofits, Project Night Night is a charitable organization and leading provider of nighttime comforts for homeless children. Each year they donate over 25,000 Night Night Packages to homeless children 12 and under. To learn more about the Project Night Night organization, visit

About Kent State University’s College of Nursing

In existence for nearly 50 years, the College of Nursing at Kent State University is one of the largest and most comprehensive nursing programs in the nation with more than 12,000 alumni worldwide. As part of Kent State’s eight-campus system, the college provides more than 2,000 nursing students courses of study at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels. To learn more about nursing programs at Kent State, please visit

Photo Caption: Tracy Schwab, BSN, RN, left, and Kaishin Sabrina King, senior, assemble a Project Night Night tote bag for local homeless children.  


POSTED: Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 4:40pm
UPDATED: Friday, February 17, 2017 - 3:10pm
Mariah Gibbons