The season to give back should be every season, and two NPHC organizations proved that on Friday. The Beta Nu chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity along with the Beta Alpha chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority hosted an event called Sneauxball Social for the Frenchtown Explosion initiative.
The event was held at Beta Nu’s fraternity house on campus and featured the Sneauxball Catering Company, which provided free sneauxballs to the participants at the event. To receive an iced sweet treat, attendees had to bring an item to donate to the Frenchtown Explosion initiative.
Donations at the Sneauxball Social included toiletries, school supplies, canned goods and gently used clothing items.
“Frenchtown explosion is a weekend of service that we do with the Frenchtown community to give back,” Jabari Knox, a member of the Beta Nu chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, said. “People care about each other, but sometimes they need an incentive to do it, a simple thing such as a sneauxball is just a nice incentive to push people toward giving back.”
After donating their item of choice, attendees were able to grab a ticket and head over to the Sneauxball Catering Company’s food truck for a sneauxball with a flavor of their choice.
“Helping out the community is always great and free Italian ice, I mean you can’t beat that,” said Tia Maxwell, senior sociology major. “I think for college students it’s hard to remember to give back most of the time, but this is a cool way to do it.”
Sharon Washington, a member of the Beta Alpha chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, was chair of the event. “Frenchtown is one of the most impoverished areas in Tallahassee and one of the most impoverished areas in the state of Florida,” she said.
According to Washington, the event was a donation kick-off to a bigger carnival event the initiative has planned for before the end of the year. “Our goal is to reach 2,000 items for the event,” Washington added.
The carnival will take place at Griffin Middle School and will feature health trucks, enrichment classes, bounce houses and more. The event is for the Frenchtown community and all donations received between now and the event will be distributed to the attendees at the carnival.
The carnival is scheduled to be held on April 22, from 10 a.m-3 p.m.