As the pink and green colors of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. began to envelop Downtown Memphis this week, arrivals for the 90th South Eastern Regional Conference came packing special pajamas, with the sorority’s historic focus on community service in mind.
Specifically, the sorority marshaled its considerable forces – in collaboration with the non-profit Jaz’s Jammies, Inc. – to add to the comfort of children under the care of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.
South Eastern Regional Director Mitzi Dease Paige provided this context:
Memphis native Jasmine Gray founded Jaz’s Jammies in 2006, the year she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Germantown High School. Originally a Girl Scout Gold Award project, the non-profit has collected 5,000-pairs of new pajamas since then – and counting.
Gray adds this:
The AKA 90th South Eastern Regional Conference, which began Tuesday (March 1) continues through Sunday (March 6).