"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.