by JOHNATHAN ALANIA, Guest Writer
Editor’s Note: The Weekly Greek is an experimental column focusing on Manhattan College’s Greek Life. This week’s entry is from a brother of DKE, one of the fraternities on campus. The Weekly Greek column is a test-run for this month and will return next semester. The submission has been lightly edited for publication.
As a brother of Delta Kappa Epsilon, the standards of being a gentleman, scholar, and a jolly good fellow are followed and held regularly on and off the Manhattan College campus. As jolly good fellows, each brother takes his role helping the community very seriously, participating in events benefiting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness society, (Puerto Rico society), etc.
Recently, Delta Kappa Epsilon participated in a non-profit event called the Midnight Run, dedicated to help clothe and feed the homeless for the first time in Phi Mu’s history.
Starting at 8 p.m. on a Friday evening in Riverdale Presbyterian Church, several brothers met and began the philanthropy event by packing sandwiches, soup, and hot chocolate into thermal containers, as well as clothes into plastic bins. Each of these containers were organized and sorted accordingly into cars.
A list was given out of the locations of where to go, which began on East 43rd and stretched to West 53nd street. The residents within the areas visited typically slept and lived near-by churches and public atriums, to which are they were overtly notified when the Midnight Run began.
After driving to, then arriving in each area, each brother opened the trunk of each car and handed out bags of food and clothes of the appropriate size to each person. The articles of clothing that were freely donated and spread across six cars included: shoes, socks, pants, shirts, hats, scarves, gloves, jackets, delicates, sweatshirts, and even backpacks.
Across the seven different stops, over 100 total homeless persons were helped during the night. The time slot in which the brothers helped during this event was from 8pm to about 1am to which each hour was used effectively.
After finishing the visit to every stop, the remaining clothes were then placed into storage for the next Midnight Run.
Delta Kappa Epsilon strives for a strong representation of Greek Life will strive to continue philanthropy events such as this one for future semesters. In addition, the possibility of more communal philanthropy events with both Alpha Phi Delta and Sigma Delta Tau are hoped to be accomplished.