ECC Honor Society Members Prepare and Donate Bags for Homeless People
The Chi Delta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at East Central College helped bring comfort and warmth to people without housing in Franklin County.
The honor society chapter recently assembled bags filled with necessities, including toothbrushes, shaving cream, snacks, deodorant, gloves and socks. Other items for the bags are hand warmers, wash cloths, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, mints, dental floss, personal items for women and more.
There were 100 bags prepared and given to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office to be distributed to people without housing throughout the county. Any leftover bags not given to community members will be delivered to the Agape in St. Clair.
Most of the donated necessities were given to PTK by the United Bank of Union. The items were collected at the bank’s three branches in Union at the request of PTK member Rebecca Metcalf. Members of the honor society also donated items themselves.
Franklin County Sheriff Steve Pelton, Lt. Adam Albert and Lt. Mike de la Torre were on hand to accept the donated bags when officers from Chi Delta delivered them to the sheriff’s office Monday, Nov. 29.
The PTK project was part of the Honors in Action (HIA) program, which combines academic research, problem solving and action-oriented service to address real-world challenges in communities.
During the HIA, students researched rural homelessness, and gained job-related experience while creating lasting impacts in the communities.