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Arms of Alpha Thanksgiving Day Service Event 2019

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Columbia North YMCA

1400 North Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19121

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Good day Co-Workers, Family and Friends,

It is that time. Every year, for over a decade and a half, we have been doing our Thanksgiving Day of Service event: ARMS OF ALPHA.

We provide Thanksgiving dinner for those less fortunate, as well as provide them the opportunity to get some clothing and toiletries via items donated by kind people such as yourself.

This year’s event will take place on Thanksgiving Day, Nov 28th, 2019, at the Columbia North YMCA (1400 Broad St. Philadelphia, PA).

We are looking for

  1. Monetary Donations

  2. Clothing

  3. Toiletries

  4. Volunteers

Talk to your family and friends, and give the clothing to those who may be able to use it. (For the clothes that we don’t give away on Thanksgiving at the event, we donate to the local shelters.)

We especially like to get winter clothing, coats, long sleeve shirts, jeans, and shoes. We accept undergarments that are NEW (i.e. socks, underwear, etc). Please have the clothes washed prior to donating them.

Sample size toiletries (ie. toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, lotion), if you have items such as these or know of a business or medical practice willing to donate those type of items, please share that with us.

For those of you who will be in the area on Thanksgiving and want to participate with us in the service project, we WELCOME you to come, even if it is only for a few hours. We know this is a family holiday, and if you cannot stay for the entire event, but you can give us a few hours, that would be appreciated. You can also bring your family. Each year we have folks who bring their sons, daughters, mentees, nieces, nephews and/or wives to participate.


Volunteer schedule: (Please pick one shift only)

  • 7:00am - 11:00pm (1st Shift)

  • 11:00am - 3:00pm (2nd Shift)


There are many ways you can volunteer:

  1. Help with setup and sorting of the clothes.

  2. Setting up of food stations.

  3. Serve our clients as they come in to enjoy dinner.

  4. Help with clean-up and breakdown.

  5. Accepting toiletries, clothing and food donations.


We accept donations the day before – Wed, Nov 27th - at National Temple Baptist Church on Masters St between 16th and 17th Sts, Philadelphia, PA and at the YMCA the day of the event. (All food donations must be accepted that Wed or before so that it can be prepared.)

Once again, we invite you to be a part of this worthy project. If you have any questions, comments or concerns contact us, via contact@odlalphas.org.

NOTE: If you cannot drop the donations off at the YMCA or church, you can make arrangements with us to perform the exchange.

We, the Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc – Omicron Delta Lambda Chapter, who lead this program in conjunction with the ODL Foundation, National Temple Baptist Church and the Columbia North YMCA, want to say thank you for your participation/donations, in advance. We consider it a privilege and an honor to serve our community.

Our motto, “First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All,” embodies our dedication to uplift others. Thank you for helping others on Thanksgiving Day. You are a blessing in more ways than one!!!!!

(Special thanks to the men of the Masonic Brotherhood, the Shriners, and the members of the various Pan-Hel Orgs who have participated with this project over the years.)

Sincere regards,

Chima Onukwuru, Chair of Arms of Alpha Committee

Amir Thorne, Chapter President, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - Omicron Delta Lambda

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