Councilwoman Woolridge to join Kappa Alpha Psi and bring holiday cheer to families in need

December 15, 2014

Louisville – Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge will join members of the Louisville (KY) Alumni and Alpha Omicron (Undergraduate Members of the University of Louisville) Chapters of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and the Louisville Kappa League for a very special task on Saturday, December 20th.

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, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana.  

“I personally thank Councilwoman Woolridge for all the support and backing that she gives to Kappa and the compassion that she shows to the residents of this community,” says Noah L. Lucas, President of the Louisville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. “Compassion, community service, and giving are all ingredients to a healthy and blessed holiday spirit.  Our fraternity has a rich tradition of community service, especially at this time of year. The Councilwoman continues her tradition of being a supporting partner year after year.” 

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 1,100 baskets have been delivered during the holidays. This equates to over 38,000 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 Louisville (KY) Alumni and Alpha Omicron 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 103 year old fraternity. Kappa will also deliver baskets to widows of the fraternity’s members who have passed away.  Members of Kappa Alpha Psi’s youth mentoring program – Louisville Kappa League will play a big role in preparation and delivery of the baskets. 

“Training for Leadership is one of the mottos that we live by and build upon, and that is what we are doing with the young men that we mentor – we are training them to be future leaders.  We are training them to lead one another and to always care for the families of one another and the community. We instill in them that, community service and giving back is at the core of a true leader,” says Lucas.

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

10:00 AM                       Meet at First Choice Food Market for set up

10:30 AM-12:00 PM       Delivery of Baskets to Families