December 21, 2013 9:02:27 PM
Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. collected gift cards for school-aged children of incarcerated parents and school-aged children of active duty military parents at the organization's annual state meeting held this month.
Approximately 300 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. gathered on the campus of Mississippi State University for the meeting hosted by the Upsilon Pi Omega Starkville and Nu Epsilon Omega Columbus graduate chapters.
A significant part of the meeting was the sorority's community service project. This act of giving plays an integral role in fulfilling the sorority's motto of "service to all mankind."
This year, the sorority chose to help two underrepresented groups: school-aged children of incarcerated parents and school-aged children of active duty military parents. Chapters from across the state were asked to donate Walmart gift cards to be given to the children of these groups. Gift cards totaling about $2,000 were collected.
Sorority members from the state's colleges and universities, as well as graduate members from across the state, also participated in workshops and general assemblies during the meeting.
Alpha Kappa Alpha is the first Greek-lettered sorority established and incorporated by African-American college women. The sorority serves through a membership of more than 250,000 women in over 900 chapters in the United States and several other countries.