The holidays will be much more cheerful this season for six metro families thanks to the efforts of the Opportunities in Emergency Care (OEC) program and generosity of students and staff at Osseo Senior High School. This program is part of the Health Science Magnet Program at OSH.
For 18 years the OEC program has been teaching students in Emergency Medical Responder and Emergency Medical Technician skills with a heavy emphasis on volunteering and the importance of empathy in emergency medicine.
This year OEC partnered with the Roseville Fire Angels, and in less than two weeks, the OEC students were able to raise $1,601.23 to provide Christmas presents for 29 people in six families. Fundraising efforts included collections at the boys and girls varsity basketball games and lunchtime pictures with Santa, thanks in part to the help of Osseo Senior’s Assistant Principal Ronnie King.
On Monday, Dec. 17, 27 students gathered to buy and wrap the gifts — and although they enjoyed picking out toys and new clothes, they also found satisfaction in providing the families with simple winter necessities, such as hats, mittens, and a warm pair of boots.