Student organizations step up as the holidays near

Lex Dortelus, member of Alpha Phi Alpha, at the Angel Tree in Coleman Library. Photo courtesy: Kyla Hill

It truly is the season of giving at Florida A&M University, as different organizations are hosting charitable events and giving back to the Tallahassee community this holiday season.

Here are just a few of the many holiday charity events happening and have happened on campus this year.

For one of their holiday charity events, the Beta Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, is hosting its annual Angel Tree program.

The Alphas have partnered with the Salvation Army seeking “to deliver smiles and a holiday experience to remember,” according to the Beta Nu Instagram.

FAMU students were able to choose from 500 different children and buy them the gifts that were on their personalized wish lists.

Lex Dortelus, a third-year student and member of the fraternity, shared what this program means to him.

“Even though I might not be able to give more than what [the child] wants, I’m happy to provide something to them, even if it’s just something as small as a sock. It means a lot to me,” Dortelus said.

Although students can no longer choose an “angel” because all 500 were selected, those who did the last day to drop off their donations is Dec 5. at Coleman Library.

The Real Beta Alpha of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and The Upsilion Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.’s flyer for their toy. Photo courtesy: @thebadst1937 on Instagram

The Real Beta Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, and the Upsilon Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity have partnered again for what they call “Coleman “R” Us.”

This is a toy drive, and all proceeds will go to the youth at the Children’s Home Society of Florida. Students can drop off their donations at FAMU Village East and West until Dec 2.

The Deltas and Ques ask that students donate simple puzzles, blocks, board games, tummy time mats and more. To see the full holiday wish list, visit the organizations’ Instagram. @thebadst1937 or @upsilionpsi

FAMU President Larry Robinson is hosting this annual toy drive on Dec 2. from 5 to 7 p.m. at the president’s house at 1810 S. Adams St.

Alumni, students, and staff are invited to celebrate the holiday season by donating new, unwrapped gifts for children of all ages.

Advance donations will be accepted at the Office of Communications in Lee Hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The FAMU Chapter of Scholars of Finance and The Sankofa Kinship of Big Brother Little Brother Mentoring Program is accepting hygiene products and canned food donations until Dec 1. In the Coleman Library study lounge from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Students who donate have an opportunity to earn volunteer hours to help stuff stockings for families in need.

The Beta Alpha Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority hosted a “Mommy and Me” supply drive from Nov.16 to Nov.18, collecting winter clothes, baby clothing, toys and hygiene products. All donations went to Brehon Family Services.

The Psi Beta Chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma National sorority hosted a giveaway called “Socks for Crocs” from Nov.14 to Nov.21. All socks were donated to the Kearney Center.

Students could enter to win a pair of Crocs if they followed a few rules. One included capturing their sock donation, uploading the photo to their Instagram story and tagging @famugammas.