Santa belongs to fraternity

Friday, May 8, 2009

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Members of the local Tau Lambda Lambda chapter participated in this year's Christmas in April Charles County. Pictured are, in the front row Patrick Fontant, left, Alice Hemsley, Luther Clark, Isaac Templeton, Tony Hill and Daniel Ebb. In the second row are Jonathon Wynn, left, David Simmons and Kenneth Mitchell.

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Alice Hemsley is greeted by Isaac Templeton, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. The fraternity worked on the Hemsley home in Newburg this year for Christmas in April.

Christmas came early again this year for Alice Hemsley, 88, a lifelong resident of Charles County.

On April 25, the brothers of Tau Lambda Lambda chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the Christmas in April Charles County program, along with the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and members of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, showed up bright and early to work on Hemsley's home.

The mission for the day was to replace the roof and landscape the property.

Christmas in April rehabilitates the houses of low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners.

TLL chapter serves Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties through programs that "make the community a better place," according to Garrett N. James, chapter editor, in a press release. In addition, 2009 marks the second year that the chapter participated in the program to serve Charles County.

Daniel Ebb, the chapter's social action committee chairman, said he and his chapter brothers were excited to be a part of the program again this year.

"It is a humbling experience to have the opportunity to give back to the community through service and uplift, especially during these tough economic times," he said in the release. "To see the satisfaction on the face of Ms. Hemsley and her family was truly fulfilling."

The Hemsley family was appreciative of the work of the volunteers and expressed their accolades, he added.

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