Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. donates shoes to the homeless

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- The thing about an ivy is that it's strong and long lasting, just like the service that the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha pour into the community each and every year.

"Service is really our founding principal," said Patrice Hayden, President of the Eta Phi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. "So it's important to us because we want to make sure our community and the community members' needs are met. We work hard, because that's what we do. That's what Alpha Kappa Alpha is all about.

On the heels of celebrating 109 years, the Eta Phi Omega Chapter donated more than 2,000 pair of shoes to The Salvation Army.

"We've been collecting from our neighbors, our friends, our coworkers, our churches, our schools, and have collected shoes as part of our Family Strengthening target in our program of service," said Hayden.

The collection of shoes is being delivered as a part of Martin Luther King Impact Day, and it's something for which The Salvation Army is thankful.

"What a great addition it's going to be to our shoe drive," said Salvation Army Director Jim Shields. "You can't imagine on that day when we hand these out how much it helps."

The shoes will be donated to the homeless on Feb. 11 at 10 a.m.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. is the first African-American Sorority for college-trained women. It was founded on the campus of Howard University on Jan. 15, 1908.

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