Sorority brings good cheer

Published 11:30 pm Saturday, December 22, 2007

NATCHEZ — The Ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. helped the Natchez Children’s Home celebrate an early Christmas.

Delta Sigma Theta Natchez alumnae chapter is a public service sorority, so when their 2008 debutants wanted to celebrate Christmas, they chose two combine two of their favorite things.

“We do what we can for the community and for the betterment of this town,” Delta Sigma Theta President Berthenia Rose Jackson said.

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The sorority completes over 35 hours of community service annually, and their debutantes have completed even more. In order to be presented in May, each debutant has to complete several community service projects. So far the group of 22 debutants have adopted the Stewpot, Habitat for Humanity and painting the Boys and Girls Club library, just to name a few.

So it was not a hard decision to celebrate Christmas with the Sunshine Shelter. Each member of the sorority bought a present off of the Sunshine Shelter’s wish list.

“They are going to have a wonderful Christmas,” Vice President Tena J. Payne said.

The shelter was equally appreciative of the special occasion.

“I really appreciate the gifts and comradery they give. I am so overwhelmed with the generosity of the community,” Executive Director of the Sunshine Shelter Matilda Stephens said. “This year has given us the opportunity to provide 42 children with Christmas gifts.”