Deltas begin their week of service

Published 10:31pm Saturday, January 12, 2013

Delta Sigma Theta, a national non-profit and service-based sorority, is celebrating their centennial anniversary by giving back to Selma and Dallas County in various ways.

The sorority will host a week of service events, kicking off Saturday with a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Conference at Wallace Community College.

“We have invited girls grades five through eight to participate in the conference,” said member Joyce O’Neil of the kick-off event, which will began at 8 a.m. “We will have presenters, all Deltas, in each one of those categories.”

O’Neil said the goal of the conference is to give recognition to the centennial celebration while also recognizing young local females who work hard for a valuable education.

The week will also serve as a celebration for the 60-year anniversary of the Selma alumni chapter of Delta Sigma Theta.

“We really wanted to find a way to give back in Selma because Selma has been so supportive of us,” said Eris Brooks-Gray, member and chairperson of program planning and development. “We’re giving back through a variety of service projects.”

On Monday, the social action committee of the sorority will host a community closet giveaway at McRae Learning Center from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. “Mama kits” will also be donated from the international awareness committee.

“We will be allowing people to come in and pick a few items that they may need,” O’Neil said of the community closet. “And we will be giving mama kits to an African nation. These are the kits that will be used in child births to help prevent diseases.”

Tuesday, along with several other community service events, the sorority will host a Reach out and Read Alabama Book Drive Kick-off.

“All these events are ways to give back to Selma and show support for all they’ve done for us,” Beasley said.

Wednesday, the courtesy committee will give gift baskets to two local nursing homes at 5 p.m. followed by another community closet event and McRae Learning Center.

After hosting a “Sisterhood Potluck Gathering” at the Performing Arts Center on Thursday, the week will conclude with Western Cabaret at 8 p.m. at the Pride of Alabama Elks Lodge. Tickets are $10 per person and will serve as donations to the sorority’s various philanthropic efforts.

“This is just an all around celebration week,” O’Neil said. “We just want to say ‘thank you.’”



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