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Fraternities Raising Money for Salvation Army

Fraternities Raising Money for Salvation Army

Columbia Daily Tribune

December 07, 2009

Dec. 5—Two University of Missouri fraternities are hoping to make the season a little brighter for Columbia.

Members of Delta Upsilon fraternity are spending every weekday until Christmas break ringing bells for the Salvation Army.

And last night, members of Beta Theta Pi teamed up with the Boys & Girls Club to make gingerbread houses and take them to the Lenoir Woods retirement community.

The activities are a first for each fraternity, and members said the goal is to give back to the community.

Nick Park, president of Delta Upsilon, said he came up with the bell-ringing idea after members volunteered for the Salvation Army.

“It’s nice to know what we’re doing it for is going to something special,” he said. “We know because we’ve been to the Salvation Army in Columbia. The money is staying here. We’ve been there, so we know where it’s going, and we really have a point standing out there and ringing a bell.”

Park said he has been impressed with the fraternity members who volunteer to ring bells at Maryland Avenue and Rollins Street on campus. Two members man the collection cans from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.

Park isn’t sure how much money they’ve raised but said he wants to collect at least $1,500, or $100 a day. Students, members of the campus Greek community and other passers-by have all pitched in, he said.

This is the second holiday Beta Theta Pi has shared with children from Boys & Girls Club. In October, the fraternity helped members of the club carve jack-o’-lanterns. That project was so successful, member Ryan Neff said, fraternity members wanted to do another project.

Last night, the men helped children piece together gingerbread houses from kits before delivering them to the senior living center, where the group members also were planning to sing Christmas carols.

“Hopefully, we’ll teach the children to give back a little to the community, too,” Neff said.

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