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Local Organization Emphasizes Holiday Giving

As families eagerly prepare for the holiday season, one organization is taking extra time to ensure that many people within their own community also get to enjoy the Christmas holiday.

The Xi Sigma Omega graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, the first black Greek-letter sorority, is collecting multiple items including gently used jackets, clothes, gifts and monetary donations for future fundraisers and scholarships

In preparation for the organization’s annual Spring Fashion Show and Scholarship Luncheon in April, members of the organization look to raise at least $8,000 during its third annual Winter Jingle Jam, that will go toward general and STEM-based scholarships for high school students in Montgomery County and to one full scholarship for one student specifically attending a historically black college or university.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10, from 8 p.m.-midnight at Knights of Columbus in Silver Spring, Maryland, at 9707 Rosensteel Ave.

“The overall goal for our fundraiser is to raise money to support additional programs within our community,” said Maisha Duncan, Xi Sigma Omega public relations chair. “There are a lot of different organizations that serve the community, but I think that black fraternities and sororities are particularly unique in that they serve as an intersection for lots of different kinds of people to share their interests.

“We take our social and professional interests and merge them together,” Duncan said. “Right now, I am at a meeting with 20 other dynamic women, where we are playing all of these great ideas off of each other and harnessing that energy together in a positive way for all mankind.”

In addition to the annual scholarship, non-monetary donations such as clothing will go directly to Interfaith Works, a Montgomery County, nonprofit that works to assist and aid the homeless and or those stricken with poverty.

The Xi Sigma Omega graduate chapter of AKA, founded in 1983, continues the organization’s tradition of community and service in a fun and festive way.

To donate, go to www.aka-xisigmaomega.org.

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