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4-8-15 Easter Basket Ministry Makes a Difference for Lives Across the Community
by Jessica Beans

Over 50 volunteers assembled 285 Easter baskets for kids and 81 packets of hygiene supplies for women.
Over 300 Easter baskets were assembled and donated to non-profits around Dayton, Ohio to be given to children and parents in need.
Kettering College students and employees, the Kettering Seventh-day Adventist Church, and the Kettering Health Network ban together each year to minister to hundreds of individuals around Dayton, Ohio through what has become known as the Easter basket ministry.
This year over 50 volunteers assembled 285 Easter baskets for kids and 81 packets of hygiene supplies for women. These baskets were assembled the week before Easter and all of the items in the baskets were donated by students and faculty at Kettering College, members of the community, and Kettering Health Network employees. These baskets are a tangible gift of love during one of the most sacred Christian holidays.
“This activity gives people hope” said Richa Stevens, Kettering Health Network Spiritual Services and Missions and the main organizer of this event from its beginning. She explains how the project started with only making 14 Easter baskets and has grown throughout the years to become a major event that heavily impacts the community now.

The full Easter Baskets awaiting delivery  
This ministry provides Easter baskets to individuals through several different human services organizations in this community such as Kettering Behavioral Medical Center, Artemis House, Erma's House, Young Women’s Christian Association – Women’s shelter, House of Bread, St Vincent’s, and Daybreak Shelter.
“We are a faith-based school, and spiritual care is not just something you cover in one class, it has to be a part of who we are, which is I encourage my students to join this event,” said Joan Ulloth, Kettering College nursing professor and an organizer of this Easter event. “We want the recipients of these baskets to know they are a part of a community that cares.”
About Kettering College
Kettering College is a fully accredited, coeducational college that specializes in health science education.  A division of Kettering Medical Center, the College is located on the KMC campus in a suburb of Dayton, Ohio, and is chartered by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  Kettering College offers certificate programs, Associate and Bachelor of Science degrees, a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree and a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy.
Born out of Adventist faith and upholding Christ, Kettering College educates students to make service a life calling and to view health as harmony with God in body, mind, and spirit. Eighty percent of Kettering College graduates live and work in Ohio, with the majority settling in the Dayton area.

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