Recently, the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority took the time to thank four individuals that members say have been demonstrating excellent community involvement and community service, and they giving them accolades for their efforts.
“The Deltas are a community service organization,” said Delta Susan Smith during an interview. On Sunday afternoon the sorority and their friends and family gathered to recognize some volunteers as well as scholarship students.
“We wanted to recognize these people of the community,” said Smith. “They are unsung heroes. This is not their job or something they get paid for.”
In January, the sorority turned 101, and Smith said that the organization is 300,000 strong worldwide.
“Twenty-two ladies at the Howard University campus founded the Deltas,” mentioned Smith, noting that many from the Sampson community are now a part of this wonderful group.
“We do this recognition program every year,” she said. “We recognize people from our community.”
This year four people were recognized for their community involvement.
Larry Sutton was recognized for his work which has ranged from the NAACP to writing.
“He is a columnist (for The Sampson Independent) and an avid reader,” said Smith. “He’s a role model in the community for men and women. He helped start the Sampson A&T Alumni Chapter. He started it in college in Greensboro and we now have a chapter in Clinton.”
Helen Faison, president of the American Legion Auxiliary in Clinton, was also recognized for her service.
“She has done a lot of work with veterans,” said Smith. “She gets them to and from the hospital; she works with the youth, and does the annual egg hunt every year. She also visits the cemeteries on Veterans Day.
Donald Sutton is known for his work with Mr. Window’s Soup Kitchen. There he gets people to come out and volunteer.
“He gets people to help him and donate food,” said Smith, about the third recipient.
Another community member who helps feed the hungry is Mattie Murphy, who was recognized for her dedication with the senior citizens at Butler Court.
“She works with Meals on Wheels,” said Smith. “She makes sure that seniors have food.”
“These people have been very dedicated to their community and have volunteered so much service,” said Smith. “They are invested in the community, and they do things for the welfare of others. They do whatever they can do to help, and they do it from their hearts.”
“That’s why they are unsung heroes,” Smith divulged.
This year Tonya Colwell was recognized as the Delta of the Year for her hard work.
Deltas are college educated women who are dedicated to helping others. The service organization is based on Christian principles, she said. They work on many different projects and also work with the youth.
“We want them to be productive young men and women in society,” said Smith. “They go for college tours and we work on community service projects with them. Each year at Christmas they go to a rest home and give Christmas presents.”
Like many sororities, the Deltas have a rush each year when nominated individuals get a chance to join. The new women then have to go through training and an application process.
This year scholarships were also presented to four young ladies from area high schools. The seniors filled out applications and were carefully screened by the Deltas. The ladies went through interviews, reviews of their acceptance letters, and were selected by the Delta’s education committee.
Emily M. Hobbs can be reached at 910-592-8137 ext. 122. Follow us on Twitter: @SampsonInd