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Motlow PTK Donates to Haven of Hope

November 15, 2011
PTK Donates to Haven of Hope

The Motlow College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) recently held a soup drive to benefit the local domestic violence program, Haven of Hope, Inc. A representative of the program's office in Manchester accepted the food for Haven of Hope saying, "This couldn't have come a better time. We were so low on our soups and other items to make baskets for distribution."

Polly Howell of Tullahoma helped organize the drive for PTK and was present to make the donation. Howell is the vice president of the Society. "The purpose of PTK," according to Laura Brown, PTK advisor for the Moore County campus, "is to enjoy fellowship while striving to achieve leadership, scholarship, and service." She pointed out, "With service being one of the major components of PTK, projects like this help our students learn the importance of giving back to the community."

The Haven of Hope representative explained, "We service Coffee, Franklin, Moore, Bedford, Lincoln and Marshall counties. This time of year is especially hard as we try to help families through the holidays. Last year we helped about 80 families. This year our grants were cut and overall donations have been down because of the economy."

She continued, "Unfortunately now is when our services are needed the most. Not only does an abuser cause a family to seek us for help, they usually destroy the family's food card or deplete all resources for the abused. In addition to donations of food and toys, another great resource for us is gift cards. They are absolutely essential when helping a family during an emergency. "

Brown said the PTK chapter at Motlow is planning more fundraisers before Christmas and will use money earned to buy gifts to donate to the program. Others wishing to donate to Haven of Hope can do so by calling 1-800-435-7749 or call the Manchester office at 931-728-1133.

Information about the local Haven of Hope program can be found on the website <www.tullahomagiving.org>. Additional information about PTK and other student resources at Motlow can be found on the College website <www.mscc.edu>.