Submitted by Catherine McCall
The Physical and Mental Health of the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. collaborated with the Collegiate Chapter Epsilon Delta, Temple University as well as
100 Black Men Chapter of Philadelphia, and the Mu Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. to host a Sickle Cell Awareness Blood Drive with the American Red Cross Association.
The day was centered around bringing health and wellness to the community and was broadcasted on WDAS FM, 105.3 by Radio Host Patty Jackson. While waiting to donate blood, the community interacted with vendors from various organizations such as NAACP
(National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), DBHIDS (Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbitilites Services, Dad Lab from Einstein Medical Center, Jefferson Health System, Crescent Foundation (Non-Profit Sickle Cell Association and
CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) just to name a few. Others worked out with
Beautifit Strong, did yoga with Soror Audra Kai Woodley, or strolled or line danced to music by DJ Awesome of 100 Black Men.
In addition, the chapter promoted its annual St. Jude Walk held Nov. 12, 2023, the COVID Response Good Health Wins Event, Three-For-Me Vaccination Campaign held Dec. 9 2023 in collaboration with International Awareness and Involvement, and the 2024 Scholarship application opened to those Philadelphia high school seniors who want to attend college.
All together Philadelphia Alumnae assisted in collected 31 pints of blood, which exceeded the goal of 23 units set by the American Red Cross Association. Ultimately, the donations will help approximately 93 people living with Sickle Cell Disease.