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SCC Honor Society Hosts Donation Drive for Local Cancer Clinic


Surry Community College’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor (PTK) Society recently donated over 300 items to help patients at the Novant Health Cancer Institute in Mount Airy. Items donated included notebooks, word searches, crocheted hats, blankets, lotion, hard candy and more.

Heather Wilkins, who works at Novant Health, expressed her thanks.

“I want to extend our deepest gratitude for the incredible care package you sent our way. Your thoughtful gesture truly touched our hearts and brought smiles to the faces of our patients. It not only provided them with physical comfort, but it also serves as a reminder that they are not alone in their journey. The support from the community helps lifts their spirits and gives them a renewed sense of hope and strength,” Wilkins said.

Image of donations collected for the drive sitting on a table
Donations from Surry Community College Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society are collected for Novant Health Cancer Institute in Mount Airy

The donation drive was suggested by PTK chapter member, Angela Flippin, because cancer patients are close to her heart. She herself is a cancer survivor, who is now cancer free. Flippin wanted to do something for those still fighting this battle and comfort them in this time.

Flippin said, “Of all the donation drives that Phi Theta Kapa has done, this one is near and dear to my heart. As a cancer survivor, I know firsthand how good it feels to receive a care package from a stranger; it lets you know that you are not alone in this fight.”

Chapter members were able to offer donated items to patients and talk with them. The experience taught students that cancer does not discriminate.

“It has no age limit, and it doesn’t care if you are female or male. Cancer doesn’t care what your race or ethnicity is. It doesn’t matter how much money you have or don’t have. Cancer is a cruel thing that affects not only the patient but their loved ones as well. Cancer patients must have a strong support system behind them, and we were able to be a part of that support system through these donations,” stated Flippin.

Image of Trina Goettel holding a bag from the drive
Trina Goettel recently received a bag of goodies from Surry Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at the Novant Health Cancer Institute in Mount Airy. During the month of October, PTK held a donation drive for items to create the goodie bags to distribute at the clinic. Goettel’s bag contained a blanket, word search and sudoku puzzle books, notepads, and packages of antibacterial wipes.

PTK Chapter President, Sydney Presa said, “This donation drive was one of the most rewarding experiences for our chapter. Everyone was thrilled to do this drive and put together all the items for transport to the center. We hope to do more drives like this in the future for our community.”

The PTK Honor Society wants to thank everyone who donated to the drive. Without those donations, PTK members would not be able to have the impact they have on the community.

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