For North Arundel County Alumnae, It’s About Caring for Families


Submitted by Tiffany Graham

For more than nine years, the North Arundel County Alumnae Chapter (NACAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated’s Physical and Mental Health Committee has led and executed the Caring for Families Initiative (CFFI) in collaboration with the Anne Arundel County Department of Health (MD). The CFFI identifies and provides support to in-need families impacted by HIV/AIDS within the county during the holiday season. According to the Anne Arundel County HIV Data Summary published in November 2018 by the Maryland Department of Health’s Prevention and Health Promotion Administration, approximately 1,300 residents of the county are living with HIV, 53.8 percent of which have also been diagnosed with AIDS.

Historically, the CFFI has supported between three to seven families each year with the assistance of the NACAC members and the surrounding community through gifts and monetary donations. For the 2020 Holiday Season, the CFFI supported six families with an overall total of 13 children. The CFFI Sub-committee was comprised of 11 NACAC members who implemented the tasks of creating the gift registries through the online platform myregistry.com; purchasing items from the donation raised through PayPal; wrapping gifts; and coordinating safe deliveries to the families. Registry items for the families included: toys, clothing, toiletries, gift cards, PPE and household items.

As a result of the generosity of NACAC members and the community, gifts were purchased directly from the registries and the chapter raised $1,030 in PayPal to support the purchase of additional gifts. The sub-committee members then conducted contact-free deliveries of the gifts to the families the week of Dec. 14.

In addition to the gifts for the 2020 holiday season, NACAC’s CFFI sub-committee through collaboration with Food Resource, delivered boxes of food that included meat, produce, and dairy products to the 10 families impacted by HIV/AIDS twice. The second delivery of food boxes was completed just before Thanksgiving and included turkeys donated by a local church via the Anne Arundel County Youth & Family Partnership.

As public servants to the community, NACAC has and will continue to support ongoing efforts in providing assistance to our county residents impacted by HIV/AIDS in collaboration with the Anne Arundel County Department of Health (MD) and the Anne Arundel County HIV AIDS Commission.


Submitted by Tiffany Graham For more than nine years, the North Arundel County Alumnae Chapter (NACAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated’s Physical and Mental Health Committee has led and executed the Caring for Families Initiative (CFFI) in collaboration with the Anne Arundel County Department of Health (MD). The CFFI identifies and provides support to …

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