DETROIT, MI – As part of its annual holiday party this year, the Detroit Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated asked it guests to donate winter accessories for its ‘Giving Tree’. The items would later be passed out to the homeless in Detroit. With the brutal cold weather that has hit the area this week, the fraternity will be distributing the donated items this weekend. One of the objectives of the fraternity is ‘To inspire service in the public’s interest’. There is no better way than to exemplify that objective than to assist the less fortunate during such a trying time as the elements of nature has presented to the area as we close out 2017.
Marcus Gleaves, a neophyte member of the fraternity, presented the idea to the current and past leadership of the chapter and his plan will come to fruition on Saturday, December 30, 2017. The chapter could not pass on an opportunity to adopt the plan from Brother Gleaves and assist those you are in a situation most often beyond their control.
“The homeless is often an overlooked part of the community and I felt the need to do my part to provide some sort of comfort and relief to them when the elements outside are too much to bare for even those of us who have a place to call home”, says Gleaves about his vision to want to collect winter items for the homeless.
Gleaves outlined Saturday’s act of kindness and benevolence as something that the fraternity’s 10 Founders envisioned in our purpose as described in the objectives. This initiative aligns with the annual work that we do at COTS and the Cass Corridor is one of the concentrated areas in Detroit where you often see the homeless. Whatever we can do to provide some comfort to our fellow man to help them deal with this brutal cold weather is a plus, said Gleaves.
“We want the homeless to know that they are not forgotten and no one should ever make light of their plight. We realize that Detroit has a large homeless population and whatever we can do to continue to make a positive difference in the community is what we live by. If that hat, socks, gloves or scarf is what it will take to provide some sort of comfort to our fellow man, we are definitely doing our part to assist humanity, concluded Gleaves.