PTK Pop-Up Shop Big Hit for Students in Need



The College’s Alpha Theta Theta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society helped make the holidays a little brighter, and warmer, for some students.

Dubbed Charity Begins at Home, the PTK ECC Cares Pop-Up Shop provided numerous, clothes, shoes, other Winter essentials and hygiene items to 75 students from November 27 to December 1, said Chapter President Samirah Scantling.

Samirah explained that the Pop-Up Shop, the Chapter’s project for 2023, was open for business in the Essex Room where students had a wide range of donated items from which to choose.  “The response from students was excellent. I thought no one would come but we had a good turnout. There is clearly a need,” she stated.

The remaining clothing and other items not picked up by ECC students were taken to the YM/YWCA of Newark & Vicinity. “We were told they had a real need over there for essentials and the clothing really helped out a lot of people,” Samirah stated.   

The clothing and other essentials were donated on campus by students and staff. Samirah said the Chapter received donations from West Orange, Short Hills and Weichert Realtors of Short Hills.