When members of Omicron Xi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., traveled to Atlanta July10-14, 2016 for their 67th National Annual Conference, their motto “service to mankind” was top-of-mind. The Montclair-based chapter delegation joined more than 22,500 women registered to attend the conference, and brought with them more than 75 dresses they made by hand to be donated to the organization Little Dresses of Africa.
Alpha Kappa Alpha surpassed its national goal and collected more than 39,000 dresses to benefit the organization Little Dresses for Africa. Delegates from around the world brought their hand crafted dresses to the Atlanta conference. Each sorority chapter was requested to make and bring at least one dress for each of the members on its local chapter rosters.
The Montclair-based Omicron Xi Omega delegation joined more than 22,000 women registered to attend the biennial conference in Atlanta where they engaged in several other service projects as well as leadership training and development. The the dresses will be shipped off and eventually sent abroad through mission teams and verified organizations.
Throughout the months of May and June, Omicron Xi Omega chapter members held sewing parties where they cut dress patterns, pinned and sewed fabric, and ironed the little dresses. Members of the chapter donated all materials for the project.
“It was a true old fashioned sewing bee,” said Althia Tweiten, Omicron Xi Omega chapter president. “Ultimately, these dresses will be donated to little girls in Tanzania, South Africa, Liberia, and other regions throughout Africa.” She added that while raising funds for charity is valuable, it is nice to be able to contribute in a more tangible way.
According to the Website littledressesforafrica.org, delivering the donated clothing into African villages allows their teams to identify other needs that can be met — from clean water to education. Little Dresses for Africa, founded in 2008, is a registered non-profit organization with the mission to provide relief to vulnerable children throughout the Continent of Africa.
Omicron Xi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has served the greater Montclair community since its founding in 1984. For more information on Omicron Xi Omega chapter and its programs, log on to www.omicronxiomega.org.
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