The Seven newly inducted members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Eta Beta Omega Chapter coordinated a donation of maternal and newborn care supplies to JFK Maternity Hospital and patients over the weekend.
The group of seven, called “The Seven Wonders” worked in collaboration with the local chapter to carry out this activity. The Eta Beta Omega Chapter was established in Liberia in 1957. One of the organization’s core functions is to be of service to all mankind; the local chapter implements community service activities throughout the year, several of which focus on health promotion and family strengthening.
The Seven Wonders donated 50 gowns and multiple cartons of disinfectant wipes to the Maternity Hospital, 55 maternity kits to new mothers who are receiving care at the maternity department, and several packs of diapers to the hospital’s pediatric ward.
Mrs. Joye Collins-Phillips, who spoke on behalf of the group at the hospital, said the purpose of the kits is to provide new mothers and babies with the needed supplies that would help mothers when they return home from the hospital.
Mrs. Collins-Phillips said the maternity kit contents include bars of soap, Clora, Dettol, toilet tissue, tide soap for baby clothing, and baby oil. The donation value is approximately three thousand United States dollars. According to Ms. Collins, several local businesses provided many of the kit supplies, including J-Palm Liberia, which donated the baby oil.
In the spirit of giving back to the community, Ms. Collins-Phillips said they remain grateful to be able to share these supplies with the hospital and new mothers.
“The post-partum period can be challenging, and we understand mothers and families require all of the support they can get during this critical period. We hope that these donated items are helpful for the hospital staff as well as new mothers,” Ms. Collins said.
She lauded authorities of the JFK and administration for the hard work and commitment in providing maternal and newborn care.
Receiving the items was Mrs. Cynthia Jones, Administrator for the Liberia-Japanese Friendship Maternity Center of the John F. Kennedy; Mrs. Jones said she was delighted with the donation coming from the Seven Wonders, especially during this festive season.
“I am very delighted and sure that the beneficiaries, including mothers and patients are also exited as well. These items came at the right time and want to extend thanks and appreciation to the Seven Wonders,” Mrs. Jones who was accompanied by some of the hospital staff said.
According to her, Christmas is a time of giving or sharing and receiving such donation for both the administration and patients was laudable.
Speaking on behalf of the new mothers, Linda Lumeh, lauded The Seven Wonders for the initiative. “We are pleased with the donation and want to say thank for thinking about us during this festive season,” she said.
The donation was witnessed by the JFK Maternity Hospital Administrator, Mrs. Cynthia Jones; members of the Seven Wonders, including Joyce Collins-Phillips, Elise Barnes, Munah Tarpeh, Esther Neufville, Yvonne Kodl, Caroline Richards Klark, and Gloria Hage; and members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Eta Beta Omega Chapter, including the Chapter’s President, Mrs. Clarine Simpson Vaughn, and Vice President, Ms. Chiquita Johnson.