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Councilwoman Woolridge joins Kappa Alpha Psi to bring holiday cheer to families in need in District 3

Tuesday December 17, 2013

For Immediate Release:
Democratic Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574 4137/ 526-3622

Louisville – Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge will join members of the Louisville Alumni and Alpha Omicron Chapters of Kappa Alpha Psi

Fraternity, Inc. and the Louisville Kappa League for a very special job on Saturday, December 21st.

Their holiday mission is to deliver Christmas Meal Baskets to needy families throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

“There are many families in our community that need help, especially at this time of year,” says Woolridge. “Kappa Alpha Psi is a dedicated organization of caring individuals in our city and I am honored to work with them on this important project.”

Kappa Alpha Psi began this annual initiative after deciding those in need should not go without food on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Joining Councilwoman Woolridge and the Fraternity in this effort are First Choice Food Market, which is located in District 3, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana, and Sister Cities of Louisville.

“I want to thank Councilwoman Woolridge for all she does to help us and the community,” says E. Maquel Marshall, President of the Louisville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. “Part of our proud tradition as a fraternity is community service and that has special meaning at this time of year. The Councilwoman has been a supporting partner since our first basket was delivered.”

Kappa Alpha Psi has already identified the families in need and on Saturday will deliver Christmas baskets with food to cook a full course meal that will feed at least four people. Since 1984, over 1,000 baskets have been delivered during the holidays. This equates to over 35,000 pounds of food.

“This program not only provides a benefit to the community but I have to commend Kappa Alpha Psi for using it as a way to show younger members the importance of community service,” says Woolridge. “Caring for those in need is a year round commitment and what better time to begin such a journey.”

The chapters of Kappa Alpha Psi will purchase food items to create the boxes to be packaged and delivered from First Choice Food Market. Each box will represent one of the 10 founders of the 102 year old Fraternity. Members of Kappa Alpha Psi’s youth mentoring program – Louisville Kappa League will play a big role in preparation and delivery of the baskets.

“One of the high ideals of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. is Training for Leadership, and that is what we do with the young men that we mentor. We instill in them that, community service and giving back is the foundation of great leadership,” says E. Maquel Marshall.

Here is Saturday’s Schedule for this year’s Christmas Meal basket Program:

9:30 AM Meet at First Choice Food Market for set up

10-12:00 PM Delivery of Baskets to Families

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