What’s Good in Greek – Ask and You Shall Receive

The Greek chapters of ERAU Prescott participated in the fundraising and collecting of toys and cash for local families in need this holiday! On Nov. 9th the Salvation Army partnered with Walmart to raise toy and cash donations for the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program. 

Leah Richwine, the Assistant Director of Business/Financial Services at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University here on the Prescott campus, has been involved with the Salvation Army for her entire life. For roughly the last ten years, Richwine has been coordinating an estimated 90 percent of the Angel Tree program’s processes and activities in our area.

Richwine reached out to FSL Advisor, Kelsey Tempas, in search of help to staff the toy drive that took place. Tempas passed the message on to Panhellenic and Inter-Fraternal Council (IFC), the governing councils of all nine Greek chapters on our campus. Tempas’ interpretation of the collective response of the Greeks was, “We’re really excited about the opportunity [to give back] to the community and participate in the event.”

The task presented to IFC and Panhellenic was to staff both entrances of the 3050 E State Rt 69, Prescott, AZ 86301 Walmart location for the entire Saturday. They were challenged to collect toys and cash on behalf of the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program from customers entering the store.

This day of service and community involvement produced results amounting to 398 dollars in cash donations, and 980 dollars in toy donations. These contributions, as well as others, will go to 758 children and 171 teens of around 300 families in our local area. 

Richwine, after looking at the results said that these numbers were “really good”, and that “[Angel Tree] got some great stuff that day.” 

People from Embry-Riddle have been staffing the Angel Tree in the evenings for the last ten years. In closing of the interview with Richwine, she added “I really appreciate [Greek Life] helping, and really actually all of Embry-Riddle… SGA is going to work at Angel Tree. They help a lot in that back. There are some Greeks that help back there too… It’s just awesome because we can always count on Embry-Riddle.”

Tempas noted “I think [Greek Life is] always looking for more opportunities to give back and to participate in community service.”

Savanna Wallace, Vice President of Member Development of Delta Phi Epsilon, said she gave up her time on that Saturday because “It’s something good to help the community and help kids in need have a Christmas like everyone else or have the holidays like everyone else.” When asked if DPhiE was looking for opportunities to serve the community, Wallace responded, “Yes, we are. We’re always looking for volunteer opportunities to get our name out there and to help the community.”

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