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Over 250 Homeless Receive Shoes, Sleeping Bags from Stanbridge College

Stanbridge College raised funds to purchase new shoes and sleeping bags for homeless in Orange County.

Irvine, CA, December 30, 2012 --( Stanbridge College, a technical college that offers Masters, Bachelor and Associate of Science degrees and diploma programs in Allied Health and Information Technology, raised funds to purchase new sleeping bags, shoes and socks to donate to over 250 homeless people in Costa Mesa. In November, Stanbridge staff surveyed those in attendance at Lighthouse Ministries to find out shoe sizes and special needs for each person. The donations were meant to aid the needy through the upcoming winter months. In December, Stanbridge College students and staff volunteered their time to wrap and personalize each gift. On December 22nd, volunteers from Stanbridge College helped distribute the gifts at the monthly Serving the Homeless event at Lighthouse Ministries. In addition to receiving the gifts, the people in attendance were served a warm Christmas meal donated, prepared and served by Stanbridge students and staff. Stanbridge College also funded a visit from Santa for the children at the event.

Stanbridge College Vocational Nursing student and REACH volunteer, Cherish Nunnally, talked about her experience and her personal act of kindness at the event.

“Before I got to the shelter, I bought a bunch of candy and toys to donate to the children. I gave a little boy a packet of cars. As I was serving turkey to the people, I saw the little boy and a couple of other kids playing with the cars I brought him as if it were the coolest toy ever made. It totally humbled me and made me realize it’s the little things that matter the most!”

Stanbridge College REACH consistently supports the homeless and needy in Orange County. For the past two years, each month, Stanbridge provides donations of meals and volunteers to help serve food for free to the homeless in Costa Mesa. In early 2012, Stanbridge College ran donation drives to give them suitcases, duffel bags, and bus passes. REACH also partnered with Mercy House to help provide volunteers to staff their Cold Weather Emergency Shelters in Santa Ana and Fullerton.

To learn more about Stanbridge College REACH, please visit

About Stanbridge College
Based in Irvine, CA, Stanbridge College is a co-educational, technical college with an annual enrollment of over 900 students. Founded in 1996, Stanbridge is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). Stanbridge College offers Master, Bachelor and Associate of Science degrees and diploma programs in Allied Health and Information Technology.

In 2009, 2010 and 2011, Stanbridge College received an award from Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc., as one of America's Best Technical Colleges. Stanbridge has also been named to the 2009, 2010 and 2011 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. In 2008-2009 Stanbridge College was the recipient of the School of Excellence Award from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), and since 2007 it has maintained one of the highest continuous pass rates in California on the NCLEX-PN nursing exam, with a 96% five year average pass rate. For more information, please visit or call (949) 794-9090.
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