Halifax Community College College’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society Tuesday delivered summer donations to the Northampton County Department of Social Services.
DSS social worker Timothy Mitchell, an HCC alumnus and PTK member, welcomed the chapter.
HCC PTK members and advisor Gary Redding began the donation drive in early spring and collected coloring and activity books, Frisbees, Hula Hoops, summer games, bubble wands, toiletries, bottled water, clothing and food items, among other treats.
Redding, also HCC’s criminal justice program chair and instructor as well as an English instructor, advocates that education, experience and service are foundational elements for student success.
He strives to lead by example by offering a range of learning opportunities and service projects, especially those that extend beyond campus.
“This donation drive is a creative idea that students can plan, facilitate and support, even replicate, to help others,” said Redding. “Students within the organization soon realize these simple gifts bring joy to those who give and receive, and they don’t have to go far to do it.”
Northampton County DSS Director Rhonda Taylor and her staff explained that the donations will brighten the lives of many local young people. Taylor, chairperson of the Northampton County Board of Education, also thanked PTK for involving students in community service.
Acting HCC President and VP of Administrative Services/CFO Dr. David Forester accompanied the PTK members to the event and noted the importance of fostering relationships and active service to others. “HCC is proud to support the Northampton County community,” he said. “Our PTK chapter includes many students from Northampton County, notably those who attend Northampton County Early College on our campus. This donation drive illustrates their commitment to making a positive difference in the Roanoke Valley and beyond.”