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The College of Nursing is sponsoring its third annual alumni board service project as a part of BYU’s Homecoming weekend.

It has become tradition for students, faculty, alumni and local community members to be involved in serving others among the fun and celebration of Homecoming weekend. Every fall, the College of Nursing Alumni Board makes plans to hold a service project involving the assembling of newborn kits for families in need.

The project will be held Saturday at 11 a.m.

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Students from the College of Nursing put together newborn kits as part of their annual Homecoming service project.

in 130 Spencer W. Kimball Tower. It will be a social event where alumni can gather between the Homecoming parade and the football game.

“It is neat to see the whole community come together to show their support for the college of nursing,” said Emily Covey, an alumni board member and head of the project.

Many people have been involved in putting the event together and members of the community have donated supplies for the kits. Two years ago, a ward in Spanish Fork made a tradition to donate to the service project. In addition, a family from Salem donates every year in remembrance of their son who passed away at only six months old.

“It is a great experience and opportunity because we have had a lot of people in the community donate items for the project and become more involved,” Covey said.

Last year, the event produced 250 kits for children and mothers in need all over the world.

“We are going to strive for 250 this year, but we are hoping to exceed that number,” said Rose Ann Jarrett, public relations supervisor for the College of Nursing.

After the kits are completed, students personally distribute them to the United Way in Utah, Tonga, Ecuador and Ghana. As part of the nursing program, students travel during spring term to complete their global health rotation. Part of this experience involves the distribution of the kits made every year during Homecoming weekend.

The newborn kits along with other items donated are given to those in need. Blankets, clothes, hats, soap and diapers are just some of the items given out. The Y-Serve office has also been working to make newborn hats to contribute to the project giving many students on campus a way to get more involved.

Everyone is invited to attend, and encouraged to serve this Homecoming weekend.

“It is neat to see how the Lord is involved in these service projects and how many people need them across the world,” Covey said.

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