Yesterday, I spent my first Saturday of this great month giving back to the community and celebrating at Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Zeta Alpha Chapter’s annual Alpha Tree.
Alpha Tree is an event that students and faculty sponsor gifts for children that they are given by the Mizzou Alphas. As a sponsor, you are given the child’s name, age, and their desired gift.
I was a co-sponsor with one of my sorority sisters Tate. We had two young girls, one who requested a doll as a gift, and another who requested a Barnes and Noble gift card. Tate and I agreed that she’d get the doll, while I get the gift card.
The Alphas suggested that sponsors should not purchase gifts higher than $25, so I got my child a $15 gift card, which should be good for at least one or two children’s books.
The celebration took place at the Gaines Oldham Black Culture Center on Mizzou’s campus from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Once the children arrived, breakfast was served and we were able to color and play games with the little ones.
Shortly after, sponsors presented gifts to their sponsored child.
Although, my sponsored child did not show up, I was able to meet some great other great ones, and my sponsored child will be able to receive her gift card.
My favorite part of Alpha Tree was meeting nine year-old Sangjiya. Sangjiya was very intrigued with my DSLR camera, so I taught him how to focus and how to capture photos and I let him go around and snap some pictures. After he snapped pictures around the event, he’d come back and I’d critique them and send him back out to snap more.
Here’s some of the photos Sangjiya took of my sorority sisters and I:
Sangjiya really seemed to enjoy taking the pictures, which brought a smile to my face. I remembered how one encounter could make a lasting impression. Who knows? Sangjiya could have just picked up a new passion or hobby after that.
Overall, Alpha Tree was a successful event.