GAMMA PROVINCE, Central-Southeast Ohio, BETH WING – Editor
Alpha Tau, Athens is involved in helping many charitable organizations. A couple of our favorites are: My Sister’s Place where women and their children can find refuge from domestic violence. They provide the community with a list of their needs and we help by gathering supplies for them from our chapter members. Athens County Children’s Service’s is another ; this year we provided winter coats for the children and as we do every year provide Christmas presents. Athens County visiting nurses association is an organization where we supply fans in the summer for some of the clients who need them. Mu Beta, Lancaster has been very supportive of our local food pantry this year. We find out what is really needed each month. It may be specific food items or personal care items. We buy those items then each month and donate them to the food pantry. At Thanksgiving and Christmas we buy the food pantry a gift card for a local grocery store. The workers at the food pantry can then buy what is needed for the holiday season. The food pantry seems to experience more and more requests each month. We are very pleased that we can support the food pantry and many hungry people in our community. Psi, Logan has many groups that we support through our Ways and Means and Service work. Last year we gave funds to Fairhope Hospice, Logan Fireworks Fund, Relay for Life, Chakers Theater Restoration, Hocking County Agricultural (to sponsor ribbons for 4-H projects), The Washboard Festival, the Veteran’s Hospital in Chillicothe, Dollars for Lights (to support the Christmas lights in town), families for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. As you can see, we try to give to things in our community that need the money. Giving money to families at Christmas and Thanksgiving are probably the most satisfying. The families receiving the food and presents are always so very grateful, and we have a group of girls that really like to shop! Another project that we get involved not only with money, but also with service hours is the Fairhope Hospice Run and Walk. Many of us not only help, but also participate in the run or walk. Psi Chapter is very pleased that we can help so many in our community! Xi Xi, Columbus focuses on assisting women and children in central Ohio. This year, the chapter will concentrate on donations for GRIN (Gahanna Residents in Need). GRIN is a community wide, faith based organization committed to helping the residents of the Gahanna-Jefferson school district in a time of need. The website quotes Proverbs 14:31: “Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.” Gahanna is a suburb of Columbus, Ohio.
Contributing Editors: Pat Meyer, Alpha Tau; Beth Wing, Mu Beta; Lynne Risch, Psi; and Deb Juracich, Xi Xi