Deltas play Santa for at-risk youth

mcneir | 12/7/2011, 8:15 a.m.

Christmas is the season of giving and 50 children from Liberty City and their mothers were the happy recipients of "good tidings" from the women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Under the auspices of the sorority's Delta Care, at-risk children along with their mothers and/or guardians, were recently treated to a Christmas party. The goal, according to Anne Herriott, Delta Carepresident, was to "make the season brighter for those who are struggling in these tough economic times." "We do this every year right after Thanksgiving and this year we met at the Caleb Center for a party with pizza, cake and toys for all of the children," she said. "Delta Care works throughout the year with assisting at-risk children and families, especially mothers. We started the festivities with prayer and then sang Christmas carols. And we all wore Santa hats too. It's all about helping families that are at-risk to be able to celebrate both the holiday season and life. They have so many burdens in their lives that probably seem overwhelming that we make every effort to lighten the load. Every child gets at least one gift sometimes two and we started shopping over a month ago so that we could make sure the presents reflected the ages of the children. That wasn't easy but it was fun." Herriott said that close to 40 sorors attended the party and that there are approximately 170 women in the Dade County chapter with which Delta Care is affiliated. "Some of the parents have told us that the gifts we provide are the only ones that their children will have for Christmas and so they keep them wrapped up so they can go under their trees at home," she added. "We get beautiful thank you notes from the parents after the party each year. It just goes to show how much a simple act of kindness can mean to others." Delta Care also focuses on health care initiatives, educating Liberty City residents and others to eat and live healthier. They also work to empower women, especially those who are single parents. Last year the group led a workshop for 500 Florida Memorial University students to raise awareness of the challenges facing our community's at-risk families. By D. Kevin McNeirkmcneir@miamitimesonline.com