A Greek Christmas: WKU fraternities, sororities give back to community kids


Photo by Grace Ramey

On Christmas morning, 34 Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary School students will find presents under their tree personally picked out and wrapped by Western Kentucky University’s Greek community.

The presents will include items from two sections of the kids’ wish lists – the “needs,” like clothes and shoes, as well as the “wants,” like Barbie dolls and rollerblades, said Andrew Rash, WKU associate director of student activities.

The lists were compiled by the Family Resource Center officer at the school, who will also deliver the gifts to the “adopted” students.

Sarah Minix, Parker-Bennett-Curry Family Resource Center coordinator, said she has a list of about 175 students that are in need at the school.

“We have wonderful children and families, but we are a lower socioeconomic population,” Minix said.

The “adoption” of 34 students is a “heartfelt” and “appreciated” act of service by the WKU Greek community, she said.

Tuesday was the second year of the annual Christmas Angel Event, in which WKU’s Greek organizations came together at Downing Student Union to wrap the presents they’d bought for the kids they “adopted” as part of the Christmas philanthropy event.