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Greeks Bearing Gifts

studentsUnlike the ancient Trojans, modern recipients of Greek gifts appreciate them.

College fraternity brothers and sorority sisters across the country have a long history of serving their communities.  That tradition is not lost on ASU’s Greek organizations as they consistently pitch in to help their neighbors.

“Service is an important part of being a Greek,” said Dillon Koen, president of the ASU Interfraternity Council and a member of Lambda Chi Alpha.  “The Greeks spend hundreds of hours collecting food, delivering it to the elderly, raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association and walking for research into Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”

“Service is important to us because we recognize that we are privileged to be in college and we want to give back to the community for the benefits we enjoy,” Koen said.  “As fraternal men and sorority women, we strive to be as well-rounded in scholarship, fraternity and service as we can.”

One sorority member found that doing good deeds is gratifying on a personal level.

“I never realized how much better helping other people could make you feel,” said Taylor Rogers, sophomore philanthropy chairwoman for Delta Zeta sorority.  “It just becomes addicting.”

Delta Zeta offers plenty of opportunities to feed that addiction.  Last year, Delta Zeta members collected canned food in drives, donated clothing to Good Will, participated in the Multiple Sclerosis Walk, donated decorated kids T-shirts to the Concho Valley Home for Girls and gave 80 CD cases they decorated to the Delta Zeta national philanthropy, the Painted Turtle camp for terminally or chronically ill children.

Besides those activities, Delta Zeta sends members to Legend Oaks Nursing Home to paint residents’ fingernails while several members volunteer for the Big Sister Little Sister program at the Concho Valley Home for Girls.

Rogers said the sorority, which has been doing service projects since its inception in 1902 and at ASU since 1975, had 450 community service hours in the Spring 2008 semester.

Epsilon Sigma Alpha is an international service organization, according to Megan Flores, chapter president.  The women of the ASU chapter are focused on Rebuilding Together (formerly Christmas in April).

“We do touchups, painting, put in ceiling fans and build ramps off front porches,” Flores said.  “It takes up the whole weekend.”

“Usually, the people who live in the houses are elderly,” she said.  “At a lot of the houses, they have really been grateful.  For our organization, it is something the girls look forward to every year.”

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