Local patients undergoing cancer treatment have some help staying warm this winter, thanks to students at Cleveland State Community College.

Members of the Medical Assisting Student Association at Cleveland State recently donated dozens of hats to a local oncology clinic.

Cleveland state hat donation

The donation was part of a service project the Medical Assisting Program has done every year since 2005. Students in the program collect hats from students and faculty campus-wide throughout the Fall semester.

Cleveland State Community College Medical Assisting Program Director, Karmon Kingsley, said the project helps students learn how to make a connection with patients.

"We had toboggons and some were very fancy, women's hats that you might see at a women's social event. There were different scarfs and baseball caps. There was a variety of different head coverings," she said. "Establishing that relationship with your patients in the physician's office greatly helps their skills as well because they know they're making a difference with that patient."

The hats and scarfs were donated to Tennessee Oncology in Cleveland.

To learn more about the Medical Assisting Program at Cleveland State Community College, click HERE.