Today, we baked several batches of assorted cookies, wrote Happy Thanksgiving Day cards and delivered them to Dell Children's Medical Center. Not only was it a bonding experience with my sorority sisters, but it was a heartfelt gesture to bring hope and joy to the hospitalized kids through uplifting handmade cards. Most of the children will be spending Thanksgiving in the hospital, so it was the least we could do. I am grateful for my health and ability to do things that others can not.
On Friday, November 11th, Alpha Phi hosted its 9th Annual Red Dress Gala, which is the biggest philanthropic event of the year, benefitting the Alpha Phi Foundation and the American Heart Association. It was really amazing to see everyone supporting such a great organization and cause. Being on the philanthropy committee, I was in charge of setting up the event. I assisted the director of philanthropy, Julia, in setting up the tables, arranging the auction items and being a spotter during the live auction.
It was really amazing seeing other UT students taking their time out of their morning to help those in need. In the lines I saw a variety of individuals and couples. Surprisingly not everybody was "homeless." Due to the economic situation our country is facing, many were just jobless and in need of a free meal. Seeing this made me feel a little ashamed about how I take so much for granted. Some of the people there did not have a home, a bed, or even a family. I knew this experience would be one that I would use forever use as a constant reminder when I felt the need to complain.
It was a very humbling experience to serve the homeless and see how all walks of life are affected by poverty. I got to meet some really nice folks while serving them coffee. The hardest part of this experience was waking up, but it was definitely worth it and I plan to volunteer again next week.