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The Divine Nine Hosts Toy Drive for SCO Families

December 11, 2023 / Independent Youth News

The Divine Nine, a coalition of nine sororities and fraternities, came together to host a party and toy drive for SCO Family of Services youth and families.

QUEENS, NEW YORK (December 11, 2023) — The Divine Nine sororities and fraternities came together December 6th to throw a holiday party for SCO Family of Services’ youth and families.

The event took place at SCO’s Ottilie campus in Briarwood, where toys and gifts were made available to all attendees (about 120 in total). Numerous activities were available for youth and families, including a book giveaway hosted by the Queens Public Library, which provided every child in attendance with a new book. Guests were also invited to enjoy a DJ, photo booth, food, and participate in several giveaways.

The Divine Nine, also known as the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), was founded on May 10, 1930, at Howard University in Washington, DC. with the mission of working together during a time when African Americans were being denied essential rights and privileges afforded to others. Since its inception, the Divine Nine have worked to help local communities, and support organizations like SCO.  The Divine Nine comprises nine different sororities and fraternities, including Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Delta Sigma Theta, Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta, Sigma Gamma Rho and Iota Phi Theta.

For the past four years, the Nu Beta Sigma chapter of the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and the Gamma Rho Sigma chapter of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity have partnered together to host a toy drive for SCO. The event has grown to include all members of the Divine Nine, who joined forces to put on an even bigger toy drive for SCO with the goal of providing even more children with a special gift and a wonderful evening this holiday season.

About SCO Family of Services
SCO Family of Services helps New Yorkers build a strong foundation for the future. We get young children off to a good start, launch youth into adulthood, stabilize and strengthen families and unlock potential for children and adults with special needs. SCO has played a vital role delivering human services in communities throughout New York City and Long Island for over 125 years. For more information, please visit www.sco.org.

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