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AKA Psi Alpha Omega chapter helps out for the holidays

Sorority gives more than 150 food boxes to needy

Pamela Leggett-Robinson (from left), Angelica Clark, Tasha Mosley and Margaret Spencer assisted in food collections for the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Psi Alpha Omega chapter in Henry and Clayton counties. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

Pamela Leggett-Robinson (from left), Angelica Clark, Tasha Mosley and Margaret Spencer assisted in food collections for the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Psi Alpha Omega chapter in Henry and Clayton counties. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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Sixteen food boxes were donated to families at Lovejoy High School. The boxes represent a fraction of the food donations collected and given out in Henry and Clayton counties by the local chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

HAMPTON — Sixteen families at Lovejoy High School will eat heartily this Christmas thanks to the efforts of one community service organization.

The 128-member Psi Alpha Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. has been busy this holiday season collecting food items for local families in need.

Psi Alpha Omega was chartered in 2005 as the Henry County and Clayton County chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, established in 1908.

“Our motto is ‘Service to all mankind,’” said Angelica Clark, president of the chapter. “It’s all about helping community.”

This year, the organization collected enough items to fill more than 150 food boxes with turkeys, canned vegetables and other non-perishables.

Clark counted eight organizations that helped provide provisions for families at Lovejoy High.

The Clayton County Solicitor General’s Office donated pounds upon pounds of canned goods, said Solicitor General Tasha Mosley, a member of Psi Alpha Omega.

“My office has looked like a food pantry since October,” Mosley said.

Many more nonprofit groups, individual citizens and government agencies partnered with Psi Alpha Omega in similar endeavors to put meals on the tables of needy families.

Mosley said the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives collected items. State Reps. Darryl Jordan and Sandra Scott provided resources to the effort. Gerald Dunn of Riverdale, with his wife, also donated 23 turkeys to the cause.

She said the chapter and its supporters most recently gave 50 food boxes between the Henry County and Clayton County school districts to low-income households.

Lovejoy High Principal Keith Colbert said he is grateful to organizations like Psi Alpha Omega who give and demonstrate community service and teamwork during a time when families most need hope and support.

“We thank the AKA sorority for choosing the school,” said Colbert. “I think it’s a great thing for the community.”