Each year, Fort Worth (TX) Alumni Chapter, like many other chapters, hosts a holiday can food drive, but in 2012, one of the local chapters needed can food items for their annual Thanksgiving drive, and they reached out to Daimyion Howard, Community Service Chair of the Fort Worth Alumni Chapter. After taking the request to his chapter, they quickly assisted the with a sizable donation of canned items. The following year, as more local chapters asked for assistance, Howard quickly realized that there was a need within the chapters, and organized a meeting with each chapter’s representative to form a joint effort.
The chapters collaborated with The Community Food Bank, located in Fort Worth, TX, the largest independent food bank in North Texas, owned and operated by Regina and Rudy Taylor, who have been a great source for the chapters. Each year, they would close their establishment to allow a safe environment for the Kappa League members of the various chapters to assemble and learn the importance of giving, community service, brotherhood, and understanding the big picture of staying focus in school. The Community Food Bank also donated a healthy breakfast each year, as well as items to help complete food baskets for each chapter.
Over the past three years, the Fort Worth Alumni Joint Guide Right and Kappa League Community Service have received attention and recognition from major corporations, city officials, and local media. On November 4, 2016, the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. were featured on WFAA Channel 8 News, to discuss an unprecedented goal. The chapters participated in a month-long initiative from September 15th to October 15th to collect 90,000 can goods/dry goods. The final tally was revealed on November 4th on the local news, which had been undisclosed up until that time. Only the Community Food Bank knew the total. Later, the chapter found out that it exceeded its goal, by collecting a total of 90,112 can goods. Throughout the drive, the chapter’s focus was increase brotherhood, and provide resources for families in need. The news and radio stations, schools, and parents were all excited to be a part of such a great event. On November 5, 2016, members throughout the area, along with each chapter’s Kappa League program gathered at the Community Food Bank early Saturday morning, where they ate, prayed, talked about the purpose, and began separating the can goods, and preparing boxes to hand out at each chapter’s Thanksgiving initiative.
Parents and school administration continue to sing the praises of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. for being such positive role models and powerful resources in the community. Each chapter also continues to receive positive feedback on social media. It was very emotional for all involved when the project was completed. The excitement was evident among the young men and their parents. The Kappa League members’ mothers also enjoyed watching the development of their sons, as the members of Kappa Alpha Psi were mentoring them.
Because of the many can goods collected each year with this new joint, communal effort, chapters are now able to increase their Thanksgiving goal over 30 percent of the previous year’s goal. The event was such a huge success that the chapters were able to increase their visibility to the public, and secure more sponsorships, funds, and donations. Due to the success of the initiative, the news station has invited the chapters back, and with the added schools and business, the challenge for 2017 is to collect 120 thousand canned goods within one month. The chapter predicts it will meet the goal, because of its foundation, rooted in achievement.