PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Omicron Chi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated hosted its annual "Kids Deserve Toys" event on Saturday at Plainfield High School to support less fortunate local families.
Founded in Plainfield, NJ in January 1955, Omicron Chi Chapter is an unincorporated local affiliate of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated. In keeping with the 107 year old Fraternity's principles, Omicron Chi is a group of nearly 100 men committed to serving Plainfield and the surrounding communities by focusing on aspirations like promoting health and wellness, developing next generation leaders, and strengthening the community.
According to the Omicron Chi Chapter, "a delicious meal, a few new toys and a friendly environment to celebrate are blessings that so many of us take for granted during the holiday season."
The Plainfield Ques worked in concert with the Plainfield Public School District and the Salvation Army to identify families in need. The families filled out a wishlist in advance that included their children's clothing sizes, and preferences for toys and electronics.
In turn, the Brothers worked with corporate sponsors and individual donors to provide three to five name brand outfits per child, toys, books, tablets, and educational games for Plainfield-based children.
Omicron Chi secured Four Brothers restaurant in Warren to cater the meal, consisting of barbecue chicken, sweet potatoes, collard greens and corn bread.
The event was led by Chairman Richard Wyatt, who had envisioned and coordinated the event in which nearly 30 Brothers decorated the venue, served the meals, and played games with the families.
“We must constantly strive as a community to make a positive impact on our youth," Wyatt said, "in hopes that it will ignite a spark for them to make a positive impact on the world.”
The highlight of the affair was the arrival of Santa, who listened to the requests of the children and ensured that all guests left with an abundance of gifts.