Saturday, April 27, 2013

Merry Christmas From Gamma Pi - In April

When the call comes in from local organizers to Gamma Pi to participate in the annual Christmas In April project, the Brothers from the Super Chapter answer mightily. The Brothers grab hammers, nails, drills, shovels and even gardening tools and come on the scene ready to help a neighbor in distress with home repairs. It was no different Saturday morning April 27 as the Brothers converged on a home in Capitol Heights, Maryland to help a senior citizen.

Under the leadership of Brother Anthony Kelly, who has organized recent Christmas in April projects for the chapter, Brothers from Gamma Pi helped the family at the residence on Orange Tree Court by installing a backyard ramp, a storage shed and by painting and doing yard work.  More than 30 Brothers showed up throughout the morning. The home for this year's project was not experiencing the kind of disrepair the chapter has seen in recent years. But that is because the initial residence Gamma Pi was scheduled to work on was damaged in an overnight fire and Brothers had to regroup at the last minute to the neat brick Orange Tree Court home. But we are Ques and regrouping on short notice is not a problem.Omega men are adaptable and quick-responding.

Throughout the years, Christmas in April has been an important aspect of Gamma Pi's
social action agenda. Brothers have helped local residents in underserved areas by installing drywall, painting, fixing floors, restoring bathrooms, addressing plumbing issues, cleaning up and removing refuse and even performing some carpentry. Many Gamma Pi men can quickly switch from their professional skill to their "background talent," which covers many of the tasks needed for Christmas in April projects.

As the chapter celebrates its 40th year, it is easy to see why Gamma Pi is a three-time Chapter of the Year and Social Action Chapter of the year winner in the Second District. Another job well done.

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