Friday, December 25, 2009

Whether Snow, Sleet or Rain, the Brothers of Gamma Pi Always Deliver at Christmas

Three days before Christmas, most people were out making retailers happy in malls and shopping centers. But the Brothers of Gamma Pi chapter of Omega Psi Phi were out making children and families happy in their local adopted community of Suitland in Central Prince Georges County, thanks to the Annual Holiday Toy Giveaway that has made Gamma Pi a much-anticipated Holiday visitor every year. This year's Toy Giveaway was snowed out earlier in the week of December 21 and as a result was moved from its original site, Suitland Elementary, and was held instead on Wednesday, December 23, at the Windsor Crossing Clubhouse.

"Approximately 70 children attended the program. This number was less than expected due to the re-scheduling," said Brother Mel White, who helped coordinate the event for Gamma Pi in partnership with another nearby Omega Psi Phi chapter, Lambda Gamma Gamma. "While the clubhouse did not offer the open space and atmosphere to conduct the Christmas party in the manner and tradition the children were accustomed to, we were able to improvise and make the best use of the space. Approximately 20 brothers participated with an equal number from both chapters, Gamma Pi and Lambda Gamma Gamma."

Both Gamma Pi and Lambda Gamma Gamma purchased enough toys for more than 90 children ranging from 3-13 years old. Many other toys were donated by individual Brothers.

The event attracted several local leaders including U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards and retired Prince George's County Police Chief Melvin High as well as officers from the Prince George's County Police and members of the Suitland Civic Association, which also prepared a tasty holiday meal for the Omega men and other organizers.
To the men of Omega Psi Phi, the holidays are a time to reach out and provide Uplift to local families and youth at a time when many are overlooked and, because of the difficult economy, experiencing hardships that may put a real Christmas out of reach.
The great photos from this event are provided by Gamma Pi's Bro. Dr. Harrison Foy. Enjoy and Merry Christmas from Gamma Pi, Lambda Gamma Gamma and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

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