As Christmas approaches, the Hot Springs, Arkadelphia and Malvern Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. presented a monetary donation Tuesday to Jackson House to help seniors and others in need throughout the community.
Each year, the nonprofit fraternity partners with another local nonprofit that shares its vision of providing support to those in need — specifically, the senior population. Jackson House Crisis Intervention Inc. provides short-term emergency assistance for basic needs such as food, clothing and medicine without regard to race, creed, gender, religion or nationality.
Herman Thomas, chair of the Senior Kappa Committee, said seniors have a tough time having enough resources to adequately support themselves, and have been hit especially hard by the pandemic.
“We hope that our donation to the Jackson House will help meet some of their basic needs during the holiday season,” he said, noting they have a competitive grant program within their international fraternity which allows them to write competitive grants to help the communities.
“And this year we decided to expend our funds in the Hot Springs community for the Christmas drive. So we selected the Jackson House because of their reputation in being able to help and provide. And we especially like to donate our part to assist with the senior members that they serve as well as the veterans and the homeless,” Thomas said.
This is the third year for the fraternity’s grant program, which has donated over $86,000 during that period.