The Eta Rho Educational Services of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. will participate in the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service for the fifth time next month.
The group will continue their project titled “Midtown Neighborhood Family Support Care Packages.”
“Dr. King once said that ‘Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” said Bill Puller, long-time Eta Rho member and founder of the Shirley Proctor Puller Foundation. “We all are responsible for our fellow man… and to those who are less fortunate than us.”
The boys of Eta Rho will reach out to five local churches in finding families on public assistance that need extra help.
The group will give out bags of nonperishable hygiene and household items for the families, which will include toilet paper, toothpaste, dishwasher soap, plastic utensils, cleaning supplies and first-aid kits.
“These items cannot be obtained with food stamps,” said Puller.
“The project is an augmentation of their assistance,” said Marlin Heyward, who serves as vice basileus for the Eta Rho Chapter.
Heyward, 48, said that Christmas often puts pressure on people to buy bigger items than needed.
“This is where small, trivial items become the most important,” he said. “What looks trivial becomes needy especially this time of year.”
The Eta Rho chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is a non-profit service-based organization that helps promote academic excellence through activities and events.
Their popular program entitled Pathfinder helps adolescent males enhance their resiliency to challenges and hardships while developing leadership skills.
There are some 63 members of the Eta Rho chapter, including Senator Darryl Rouson, who brought the MLK Day of Service to St. Petersburg in 2012.