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ter the chapter was chartered, MRAC embarked on a journey to provide Christmas for underserved popula-tions. Today, almost 25 years later, the program is known as the Commu-nity Christmas Celebration. As the country faces the realities of the current economic climate, this program has become a signature pro-gram for MRAC and the surrounding community. It has become a seasonal staple for less fortunate families and children located primarily in Cobb County and North Fulton. Members of MRAC purchased, collected, and donated various gifts and toys to families. The chapter also solicited the help of community partners and organizations to participate in the program. Enhanced with festive decora-tions, stimulating ambience and en-gaging activities, the event rendered a safe haven for fellowship, a connec-tion for community-partner engage-ment, and a demonstration of commu-nity impact evidenced by expressions of giving. During the event, guests en-joyed holiday entertainment, a warm meal, and genuine hospitality. At the climax of the celebration, each family was presented with a table full of gifts including toys, clothing, toiletries, and gift cards. Many of our members continue to contribute “random acts of kindness” to the families through-out the year. s Monmouth County Alumnae Chapter has again initiated a service project abroad. In 2005, their Inter-national Awareness and Involvement Committee, chaired by Soror Thelma Sessions, embarked on an initiative to raise funds needed to build houses in Ghana. It was then that MCAC part-nered with Habitat for Humanity Gha-na to build four homes between 2005 and 2007. To commemorate Delta’s centennial celebration, MCAC’s Inter-national Awareness and Involvement Committee, led by Soror Doris Crock-er, built a fifth house in Ghana – the MCAC Centennial House. The chapter once again partnered with HFH Gha-na to build this home in recognition of Delta’s 100 years of service. s Orange County (CA) Alumnae Chapter, in partnership with Con-voy s78 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. of Hope, led a voter registration drive in Santa Ana, California on Oct. 5, 2013. Convoy of Hope is a national faith-based nonprofit organization with a driving passion to feed the hungry and minister to their needs. Deltas significant involvement in the event encouraged many in communi-ty to raise their voices and exercise their right to vote. The spirit-filled event also provided free groceries, haircuts, and medical screenings; breast cancer awareness facilitators; information about community ser-vices and resources; Christian mu-sic performances and connection circles for those in need of prayer. Sorors packed groceries for families, distributed treats for the children and provided financial support to the Convoy of Hope. OCAC mem-bers including the chapter president, Barbara Bagneris, knows the lives touched by these simple acts of kind-ness, the prayers, the extension of basic needs, and the empowerment of political awareness will continue to impact the Santa Ana community for many years to come. s On Sept. 5, 2013, several members of the Sanford Alumnae Chapter gathered with honor in support of poet, activist, and author Soror Nikki Giovanni at the Seminole State Col-lege Speaker Series. Soror Giovanni presented a live reading of her works and spoke candidly to the audience about the 50th Anniversary of the Members of the Monmouth County Alum-nae Celebration with new homeowners in Ghana. MCAC partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Ghana to build new homes. Members of Orange County (CA) Alumnae Chapter and volunteers register voters during the voter registration drive in Santa Ana, Cali. sponsored in partnership with Convoy of Hope.


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