Pitt NAACP gives and receives at annual holiday social
The Daily Reflector
Sunday, December 17, 2017
It was a night of giving and receiving at a recent gathering of the Pitt County Branch of the NAACP.
The organization presented Community Crossroads Center, Greenville’s homeless shelter, with a $500 donation during its annual community mass meeting and holiday social held Tuesday.
“Each year for our annual fundraiser there are two areas we focus on,” said Calvin Henderson, branch president. “We gave four scholarships this year to seniors who are continuing their education and we also contributed towards the fight against poverty and to help end homelessness and hunger in our community.
“This is the beginning of steps to contribute every year to the shelter, to help them in the outstanding job they are doing to help provide shelter for not only to adults but families with children,” he said. The center also offers other programming to help families at-risk for homelessness.
“We wanted to help support them in this effort because we feel like they are doing an outstanding job in the community,” he said. Henderson said he hopes the donation encourages other organizations to support the center’s work.
The branch also received a $200 donation from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. — Iota Kappa Omega Chapter Greenville.
“Every year we have forums, we have workshops to help educate the community about issues that affect the lives of our citizens,” Henderson said.
The branch is planning to sponsor a forum on opioid addiction in 2018 and the overall impact drugs are having in the community. The NAACP also is a founding co-sponsor of Citizens United Against Violence so some of the money will go towards its monthly vigils to remember victims of homicide and to celebrate life when not one was killed in the previous 30 days.
Henderson said the branch also sponsors youth programming.