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NMSU's Greek community gives back with service events

New Mexico State University's Phi Delta Theta fraternity and Delta Gamma fraternity for women have kept busy in the last two weeks holding service events "Pants off for Haiti" and "Dessert with DG."

New Mexico State University's Phi Delta Theta fraternity collected more than 400 pairs of pants for Haiti earthquake victims during their "Pants off for Haiti" clothes run. (NMSU courtesy photo by Jonathon Holguin)

When the student government at the University of Texas in El Paso asked Phi Delta Theta to participate in a clothes run for Haiti relief, they jumped on the opportunity.

"Our guys really responded and were excited to help," said Phi Delta Theta's public relations chair James Allen.

The fraternity created an announcement on the campus student hotline for their "Pants off for Haiti" fundraiser and sought out businesses between Las Cruces and Deming for help getting the word out. With a deadline of Feb. 12, Phi Delta Theta collected more than 400 pairs of pants.

"We had a great turnout," Allen said, "Although students are labeled as 'poor college kids' they proved they could still help and a good portion of the clothes we raised were from students. They helped a lot."

In addition to pants, people donated a range of clothing to help those in need after Haiti's devastating earthquake.

To raise money for their international philanthropy, Service for Sight, Delta Gamma hosted an evening of desserts and mingling for students, staff and the community Feb. 10.

The young women of Delta Gamma spent the week prior to the event selling tickets in Corbett Center and each were able to give one free ticket to a campus professor as an invitation for NMSU staff to learn about their philanthropy.

Attendees were provided with fact sheets on "Service for Sight" along with a fondue fountain, cookies, cakes and pies.

"The Service for Sight foundation was created by Delta Gamma in 1936 and helps in preserving sight and raises awareness of the importance of eyesight," said Delta Gamma President Katie Fernandez.

Delta Gamma raised $1,370 in ticket sales and will send a portion of the proceeds to Service for Sight as well as the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Through the combined efforts of the Greek community, an additional donation of $1,600 will be made to the Las Cruces Red Cross for Haiti relief.

Donations were collected at the Greek New Member Presentation held Feb. 9, that presents new members of the Greek community and gives out academic awards. It was suggested that those that attend donate $2 to the Haiti relief efforts. A total of $600 was collected.

Advocacy groups for Greek students, the Panhellenic and Inter-Fraternity councils each gave $500 to support the cause.