Omega Psi Phi Alabama Tornado Relief Drive
April 27th, 2011, hundreds of Tornadoes tore through the Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama. With over 100 deaths, and thousands who lost their homes, the residents of the effected areas needs items for all things, including clothes, food, and shelter. Two of the hardest hit areas were Tuscaloosa and Pratt City, Alabama, where Tornadoes were a mile wide, and uprooted lives of the all of those who lived there. Partnering with Steve and Josie Luster, of Clintex Labs, and The Joseph Assignment (www.josephassignment.org), the Chi Lambda Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., put out the call to the 7 other Chicagoland Chapters, and The “Chicago Ques” overwhemingly responded. On Sunday, May 15, over 100 Omega men dropped off clothing, food, water, and supplies for the relief drive at the chapter’s Omega Center. The goods were then packed and delivered to New Faith Baptist Church in Matteson. New Faith, headed by Bro. Trunell Felder, and Joseph Assignment, headed by Dr. Alexis Felder opened the church doors, and the congregation also brought supples for the effected families. Mother/Daughter team at New Faith, Janice Smith and Jaime Gill were instrumental in the organizing the goods which made it easier to separate and sort. Veteran businesswoman, Josie Luster of Clintex Labs organized the transportation of the goods from the Omega Center and New Faith Baptist Church, to two locations in Alabama. Reid Dove, President of AAA Cooper Transportation agreed to pick up and deliver the goods to Alabama at no charge. Steve and Josie Luster then drove to Alabama to help coordinate the distribution in Alabama The team on the ground in Alabama consisted of the Brothers in Omega of Alpha Phi Chapter in Birmingham, and Alpha Tau Chapter in Tuscaloosa, and Carla Truss of Pelham, Al. Bro. John Hackett of Alpha Phi organized the receiving team at Mount Moriah Church in Pratt City, AL. and Alpha Tau Basileus, Dwight Monroe, organized the team at The Impact Nations Fellowship Church in Tuscaloosa, AL. Carla Truss worked with media outlets and local politicians in Birmingham to build an awareness of the event. Josie, and her husband, Steve Luster, met with Bro. Hackett and Carla Truss at Mount Moriah Church. The word spread quickly amount area residents, and they began to past out items almost immediately. Thank you to the Chi Lambda Lambda, Sigma Omega, Iota, Nu Pi, Mu Xi, and Rho Gamma Gamma in Chicago, and Alabama’s Alpha Tau and Alpha Phi Chapters of Omega Psi Phi for living as all real men do.