FLORENCE – The 48 members of Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity for women at Francis Marion University are taking disaster relief training with a central focus on mass care from the Pee Dee Chapter of American Red Cross Services on Nov. 10.
The three-hour training will prepare the women to assist in the overall operations of shelters in the Pee Dee Area in the event of a disaster.
“The chapter assists in American Red Cross blood drives each year, but we wanted to show our support for the organization’s disaster services after the events in New York and Washington, D.C.,” said Candyce Kirby, general adviser to the Eta Chi Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity. “Our communities need to be ready to respond when shelters are needed."
“Wherever these young women go after they graduate, they will be prepared to assist people in their community during a time of need,” said Kirby.
Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity at FMU also serves the Florence community by assisting the American Heart Association in fund-raising, providing waitress staff for the Bethany Dinner, participating in the Adopt-A-Highway program, and supporting Freedom Florence’s “Make a Difference Day.” Zeta Tau Alpha’s national philanthropy is the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. This year the Eta Chi Chapter has donated in excess of $7,500 to the Susan G. Komen Breast cancer Foundation.
Since 1898, more than 165,000 women have been initiated into the sisterhood of Zeta Tau Alpha. ZTA currently has active chapters on 142 college campuses and more than 275 active alumnae organizations in the United States and Canada.
For more information, contact Kirby at (843) 665-0529 or via e-mail at CandyandBenson@aol.com.
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