Fraternities start school year by giving back
by Courtney Warren
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Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Alpha Phi Alpha have teamed up to host a clothing drive. Individuals can bring clothes to donate to St. Gabriel Mercy Center today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Alpha Phi Alpha have teamed up to host a clothing drive. Individuals can bring clothes to donate to St. Gabriel Mercy Center today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
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Two Delta State University fraternities have joined forces for a cause.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Alpha Phi Alpha are hosting a clothing drive today and Thursday in the DSU student union from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All the clothes collected will go to St. Gabriel Mercy Center in Mound Bayou.

"This idea was actually derived from something we did in the past, usually in the spring time, called the 'shirt off my back run.' During that event we hosted a 2-mile fun run while also collecting articles of clothing to donate to the St. Gabriel Mercy Center. We didn't have a chance to do it last spring and so we wanted to be able to still do something to give back, and we are really excited to partner with Alpha Phi Alpha, another Greek organization, in our efforts to give back to the Delta," said SAE member Mikel Sykes.

Sykes said they would accept any and all types of clothing in good condition.

"A lot of people have clothes that they never wear and so anything from jeans, tank tops, dress shirts, T-shirts, or any other article of clothing will help improve the life of someone else," he said.

When asked what drives these two fraternities to do this sort of local community service?

"Most all Greek organizations are founded on ideals of service and giving back. We, and the men of Alpha Phi Alpha, are just two of many.

“However, what drives us is the same thing that binds our fraternity together and it is the same thing that makes us more than just a group of college kids. It is the creed of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the 'True Gentleman.' 'The True Gentleman is a man whose conduct proceeds from good will...' For myself and the rest of my fraternity brothers, giving back and serving others in any way that we can is just a part of what we stand for. We strive to be the best version of ourselves possible and we strive to be 'True Gentlemen'," said Sykes.

"We love our local Delta community and we are extremely appreciative to be able to be at such a wonderful university that embodies the richness of the Delta culture and education and so anytime that we can give back to a local community and help out then we are glad to," he said.

Sister Donald Mary Lynch, executive director at St. Gabriel Mercy Center, said, "We are very grateful for the clothing drive items because we are able to assit many people who really need clothes for school, work and other things. We can offer these clothes at a very reduced price and are extremely grateful."

The clothing items donated to the center will go to St. Gabriel Closet, a thrift shop that opened in 2002.

The shop is open most days from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and everyone is welcome.

Sykes said the fraternities look forward to what they can do for others and hope the event has a great turn out.

"Any event in which one person or a group of people are going the extra mile in order to give back to the community is important and we just hope to play our part and do what we can to better the lives of those around us," he said.