Shoes, school supplies and money collected for kids in Les Cayes

Sorority supports school in Haiti

From left to right are Charlene Hagin, Barbara Blossom, Wanda Pride, Alma Glover Smith, Sandra Seide, Dr. Hanscy Seide, Daytona Beach Commissioner Paula Reed, Tasha Youmans, Eleanor Jackson and Maureen Taylor.

The Daytona Beach Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority responded to the needs of schoolchildren in Les Cayes, Haiti, an area hardest hit by the August 2021 earthquake.

After conversing with Dr. Hanscy Seide, a cardiologist at Halifax Health, and his wife Sandra, the sorority vowed its commitment to public service by supporting the 150 students enrolled in Union Educators Elementary School. This school is largely supported by the Seides who pay the salaries of teachers and provide student scholarships.

The public service initiative focused on new school shoes, which was overwhelmingly met due to teamwork of the organization’s School America, Community Involvement, Social Action, and International Awareness programmatic committees. 

With monetary donations from the Daytona Beach Area Chapter of Jack and Jill Associates, Dr. Sharon McCrary, Bernadette Ramsey, Dorothy Mobley, and sorority member Betsey Hardeman, more than 150 pairs of new shoes were purchased.

Delta chapter members also bought an abundance of school supplies. All were collected and dropped off at Bethune-Cookman University’s Civic Center of Engagement on Oct. 23.

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