Red Cross and Alpha Phi Alpha connect to help victims

Published: Jan. 22, 2015 at 1:17 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 23, 2015 at 12:00 PM CST
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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the American Red Cross

The Mississippi American Red Cross and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity are set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that establishes the framework for cooperation and support between the two organizations for individuals and communities who are in need of the humanitarian services provided by the American Red Cross. The scope of the partnership maximizes effective strategies for engagement and encourages the active involvement of members from across the state to support and engage in Red Cross activities such as community emergency preparedness; volunteer training, preparation and participation; and support of community blood drives. The signing will take place in at the annual state convention of the Mississippi District of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity convening at the University of Southern Mississippi / Thad Cochran Center.

When: Saturday, January 24, 2015, 12 p.m.

During the Oratorical Luncheon

Where: Thad Cochran Center, University of Southern Mississippi

118 College Drive, Hattiesburg, MS

Who: The agreement will be signed by Mr. Rickey L. Thigpen, District Director, Mississippi Alpha Network, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and Mrs. Sandra Hodge, CEO of the American Red Cross of Mississippi.


The American Red Cross Mississippi Region shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters, supports the supply of about 40 percent of the nation's blood, teaches skills that save lives, provides international humanitarian aid and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossMiss.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans. It was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York on December 4, 1906. The District of Mississippi is represented by 13 alumni chapters in communities across the State of Mississippi and nine college chapters on the campuses of Mississippi's four year accredited institutions of higher learning.

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