Fraternity lends a hand during Christmas in April

Friday, May 6, 2011

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Members and friends of Tau Lambda Lambda chapter of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity tackle home improvements during Christmas in April.

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Daniel Ebb suited up with a air filter mask before embarking on some construction work.

The brothers of Tau Lambda Lambda chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. set out April 30 on a mission to beautify the Charles County Fairgrounds.

The mission was made possible through the Christmas in April Charles County program.

This was the second year that Jamon Wiggs has supported the program through TLL chapter.

"We usually work on a single home," he said in a press release. "Working on the fairgrounds is like helping all of Charles County. It's our gift to the whole community."

This marks the fourth year that TLL chapter has participated in the local program, which started in 1990.

The purpose of the Christmas in April Charles County program is to repair and revitalize homes and areas throughout the county.

The local website states that more than 87,450 homes have been renovated with the help of 2.3 million volunteers nationwide.

Overall, approximately 24 million hours of volunteer time nationwide have been committed.

The fraternity's cardinal principles are manhood, scholarship, perseverance and uplift. Brother Daniel Ebb, the chapter's social action committee chairman, said April 30 was about the community uplift that the chapter does.

"We believe in one community," said Ebb, who also led the chapter's efforts for the day. "It's not about getting pats on the back or receiving recognition; it's about doing our part for a better society."

Both Wiggs and Ebb said that they and their brothers were proud to see so many other Southern Maryland residents participating.

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