(CHICAGO) — Rush University students and staff will commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday through a day of service on Monday, Jan. 16. Approximately 200 students from each of Rush’s colleges — which comprises Rush Medical College, the Rush University College of Nursing, the Graduate College of Rush University and the College of Health Sciences, along with Rush staff will collect toiletries and snack food at the Armour Academic Center at Rush for the Wounded Warrior Project, a program that donates items to U.S. military personnel serving overseas.
This event is cosponsored by the Student National Medical Association, Latino Medical Student Association, and Rush University Medical Center’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and Community Service, and Student Affairs.
Rush employess, faculty, students are donating food and toiletries for the cause. Throughout the afternoon in the cafeteria in the Armour Academic Center, they will also be signing cards and notes of thanks be delivered to the servicemen and women.
There are several other activities taking place on and off campus on Martin Luther King Day that Rush students are coordinating:
- Preparing breakfast for the people being helped at Franciscan House of Mary and Joseph at 2715 W. Harrison St., Chicago at 3 a.m.
- Delivering homemade cookies to the Ronald McDonald House at 5444 S. Drexel Ave. in Hyde Park, Chicago at 9 a.m.
- Entertaining the patients at the Westside VA Hospital with music at 820 S. Damen Ave. at 10 a.m.
- Help with packaging items for the military at the Armour Academic Center on Rush’s campus at 10 a.m.
- Enlightening the minds of teenagers with information on careers in health at the Armour Academic Center on Rush’s campus at 10 a.m.
Rush is a not-for-profit academic medical center comprising Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush Health.
Rush’s mission is to provide the best possible care for its patients. Educating tomorrow’s health care professional, researching new and more advanced treatment options, transforming its facilities and investing in new technologies—all are undertaken with the drive to improve patient care now, and for the future.