TWU physical therapy students and alumni participate in Global PT Day of Service
The Texas Woman’s School of Physical Therapy celebrated National Physical Therapy Month and helped local communities in Houston and U.S. deployed troops by participating in the Global PT Day of Service on Oct. 10.
Each year on the Global PT Day of Service, clinicians, students and associated staff of the physical therapy profession volunteer in locations around the world. This event fits perfectly with TWU’s commitment to service and provides a way for students and alumni to connect while making a difference for others.
“The Global PT Day of Service provides a great stepping stone towards making a sustainable impact on our society by encouraging commitment to just one day of service, alongside your classmates, colleagues and numerous others across the globe,” said TWU alumna Kimberly Narro (DPT ’20), who helped organize the Houston activities.
In Houston, TWU students, alumni and local volunteers organized materials, hung artwork and tidied up a studio space in preparation for the virtual opening of Gallery One, an art studio created to promote and empower the work of individuals within the disability community. They also coordinated the delivery of 20 disaster emergency kits to members of the studio.
Another group of TWU students spent the day volunteering with the Houston Food Bank, packing and distributing items to those in need.
At the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences - Dallas Center, physical therapy students decided to bring some Halloween cheer to U.S. deployed troops by partnering with Operation Gratitude. They gathered on the parking garage roof and created 120 care packages filled with sweet treats. They also wrote 41 thank you notes of appreciation to the troops, letting them know how much their service was appreciated.
“Participating in the Global PT Day of Service was especially important to my classmates and me this year because it felt good to do something that shed some light on today’s circumstances,” said student Andrea Sigsbee, who organized the Dallas activity. “Serving by yourself is great, but serving together with others in your community and around the globe is breathtaking. It reminds me of the good that still exists in this world and how simple events like these can bring humanity together in such a special and loving way.”
For physical therapists like Narro, who has been leading and volunteering for several events the past few years, the Global PT Day of Service also is another great opportunity to continue her personal growth.
“I find volunteering and serving others to be a very grounding activity, and I have also professionally developed so much through volunteering, whether that be through networking with the people I am serving beside, learning how to better communicate with people from all different types of backgrounds and experiences or taking the time to listen to others and broaden my perspective.”
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