December 4 is the Founders' Day of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity in the United States for men of African descent. The fraternity was founded in 1906 on the campus of Cornell University with the motto of "First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All." And 114 years later, the brothers of the fraternity are continuing to do the work.
Last Friday, the Kappa Xi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated also known as The Wall Street Alphas distributed 106 care packages, sleeping bags, blankets, socks, PPE masks and snacks to the homeless community in and around Penn Station, which exemplified the fraternities motto of “Servants of All.” This is the fourth annual community outreach for the chapter. "Over the last few years, on Founders' Day, we have come out with sleeping bags, soups, socks and other items like toiletries, etc. to give back to our communities. We are focused on the homeless community more particularly," President of the Kappa Xi Lambda Chapter Lino Solis shares.
Many times organizations celebrate their Founders' Day with parties and other forms of celebration but the Wall Street Alphas wanted to do something different. "The thought behind this project is we really wanted to do something different. We wanted to connect with the community in a way we haven't in the past as a chapter. We decided to take a look at what was necessary at the time and how can we be supportive of the community," Lyndell Pittman, member of the Community Service Committee and founder of this event, explains.
In order for the outreach to be successful, organizations stepped in with donations that totaled over $7,000. The Church of St. Francis Assisi donated its space so that the brothers could assemble the bags. Companies like Scotch Porter, Dove, The Covenant House and Unilever donated products to support the chapter's efforts to give back.
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