Sorority lends a helping hand to tornado victims, students, and the homeless

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The Nu Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. continued its commitment to service by assisting those adversely affected by the May tornadoes by delivering lunches to tornado victims without power in East Tupelo. Two weeks later, sorority members assisted Keep Tupelo Beautiful with tornado cleanup and debris removal in the Park Hill community.

In addition, the chapter awarded $5,000 in scholarships to area high school students. Shannon High School student Kaleighia Pierce received the Madelyn Bails scholarship. Moreover, oratorical scholarships were awarded to Alyssa Freeman at Shannon High School, Makayla Hodges at Okolona High School, Taniyah Wallace at Shannon High School, and Braxton Gibbs at Saltillo High School.

The sorority concluded the month by collecting items as part of its “Showers of Love” drive to benefit Showers of Love, an organization that provides laundry and showering facilities for the homeless. According to member Jennifer Lindsey, “We were completely blown away by the amount of items that were generously donated. In addition to other laundry and toiletry items, we received enough detergent to wash 862 loads of clothing as well as over 400 washcloths and towels.”

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African American, college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of nearly 300,000 members worldwide. Led by International President Glenda Baskin Glover, Alpha Kappa Alpha is often hailed as “America’s premier Greek- letter organization for African-American women.” The Nu Sigma Omega Chapter in Tupelo has approximately 90 members.