Fraternity’s donation part of outreach initiative

The Daily Reflector | December 15, 2021

Kappa Alpha Psi alumni fraternity member Kennis Wilkins carries a bag of toys to be donated to children at Maynard Children's Hospital on Dec. 9. Photo by Willow Abbey Mercando/the daily reflector

Kappa Alpha Psi Greenville Alumni Chapter donated $2,000 in toys to the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital on Thursday.

The donation was the product of the chapter’s annual toy drive, a component of its Guide Right community outreach program, according to lifetime member Kennis E. Wilkins and Polemarch Akeem Thomas,

“The COVID pandemic has hampered many activities this season, however, our organization wanted to support the critically-ill children and their families during these hard times,” Wilkins said.

Eight brothers visited the hospital to present the gifts to the staff. The donation is among several community outreach programs to support the Guide Right initiative, which is supported by an annual golf tournament.

“It is our humble hope and desire that this gesture of support and love will uplift the spirits of the children and their families during this season,” Thomas said. “Serving others is one of the greatest opportunities to bless people, especially children who do not have the capacity to experience memories of socialization and optimal health.”

The Children’s Hospital will host numerous toy drop offs through Dec. 20, including one from T.A. Loving Construction Company on Tuesday and another from Pitt County Schools Health Science Academy expected today.

The hospital said donations are used as gifts during the holidays for children who are here in the hospital. Gifts not distributed during the holidays are stored and given to patients throughout the year for birthdays, end of chemotherapy parties or just to brighten a child’s day, the hospital said.

“During this season, it is imperative that we give talents, resources and time to those who are less fortunate,” Wilkins said. “Our combined effort with this activity allows us to experience the feeling of this being, ‘the most wonderful time of the year.’”