Local fraternity chapter donates $2,500 to 9-year-old's food pantry

Published: Apr. 16, 2020 at 3:36 PM CDT
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Having open-heart surgery is a scary situation especially when you’re only 15-months-old.

But, now nine-year Z’yon Norton says it only means she has a special heart.

“I had a heart to help other children and when I was in school I would take extra food to help other children,” says Norton.

That same heart led her to start Royal Special Heart Food Pantry to collect and distribute food children at her school.

The third-grader received a big boost to help her mission of providing food packages to children in her school that are in need.

The Kappa Beta Beta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated donated $2,500.

“Z’yon is inspiration to all of us. She’s giving us a prime example of what we should be doing right now. We should be giving back. We should be helping each other. It doesn’t matter how young you are. It just matters that you have the heart to give,” says Omega Psi Phi fraternity member Ledray Gilbert.

Z’yon is happy for the help to keep her classmates fed.

“Because we are going to be out for a long time and I don’t want them to hungry,” says Z’yon.

Z’yon is also planning to use the donation to expand the pantry and support nurses working through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Royal Special Heart Food Pantry is saving some of the donation to ensure they are stocked when school’s starts back in the fall.

The Wiregrass Omega Lamplighters and The Gilbert Firm also contributed to the donation.

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