Morristown Alumnae Hosts Mobile Holiday Party for Homeless


Submitted by By Marcelyn Joseph

On Dec. 19, members of the Morristown Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, hosted a contactless, mobile holiday party for eight families receiving transitional housing services from Homeless Solutions, Inc. Established in 1983, Homeless Solutions is a nonprofit organization that offers shelter, services, and supportive housing to the homeless and working poor in Morris County, New Jersey.

“Bringing holiday cheer to the guests of Homeless Solutions is something our chapter has been doing annually for more than 20 years,” remarked Morristown Alumnae Chapter President Marian Sykes Johnson. “We look forward to it every year and were determined to continue the tradition this year despite the global coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 restrictions.”

Keeping with tradition, members of Morristown Alumnae provided gifts from Santa to 13 children ages six months to 16 years. Each child received three wrapped presents – apparel, an educational game or toy, and a fun game or toy; their parents received $25 ShopRite gift cards; and each family received a gingerbread house craft kit to assemble together. As in prior years, Morristown Alumnae members prepared a home-cooked Christmas dinner that consisted of turkey, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, green beans, salad, cornbread, and a variety of beverages and desserts.

Prohibited from gathering and fellowshipping with their guests of honor and each other, Morristown Alumnae members and Santa Claus staged a contactless, drive-by, drop-off system to adhere to social distancing guidelines and ensure everyone’s safety.

“It’s a system our chapter has mastered and used on numerous occasions in the wake of the pandemic,” Johnson proudly shared.

Homeless Solutions’s Shannon Muti, manager of women and family services, expressed excitement, joy, and appreciation that Morristown Alumnae remained committed to its annual tradition (with necessary adjustments) in spite of the challenging circumstances.

“Although challenging, a global pandemic cannot suppress the spirit of giving,” offered Cindy Flowers, a Morristown Alumnae member and chair of the community outreach component of the chapter’s Program Planning and Development Committee.


Submitted by By Marcelyn Joseph On Dec. 19, members of the Morristown Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, hosted a contactless, mobile holiday party for eight families receiving transitional housing services from Homeless Solutions, Inc. Established in 1983, Homeless Solutions is a nonprofit organization that offers shelter, services, and supportive housing to the …

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