Written by: Abbie Baggerly
February is about more than flowers and candy.
Sponsored by the Sigma Iota chapter of Alpha Phi Omega (APO) at VSU, the third annual “Filled with Love” fundraiser helps provide clothing and food to various shelters and organizations around the Valdosta community.
This year, APO has joined with the Collegiate Panhellenic Council (CPC) to expand their fundraising efforts.
Throughout the month of February, APO will be collecting clothing and canned food donations at locations across campus.
Drop-off locations will be provided Feb. 13 on the Pedestrian Mall, Feb. 18 on the Palms Quad and Feb. 20 at the Student Union. The hours for the drop-off locations are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“We want to do this project to make a difference in the Valdosta/Lowndes County area,” Marcus Hill, president of the Sigma Iota chapter of APO, said.
$15 T-shirts will also be available for each brother of APO and each sister of the CPC sororities to purchase. The proceeds will go towards the purchase of canned food and clothing.
APO is also inviting local businesses and churches to participate in this project.
All donated clothing will be given to homeless shelters and LAMP, an organization that provides help to the homeless around Valdosta.
The donated food will be given to Hungry at Home and Second Harvest Food Bank. .
On Feb. 28, the brothers and sisters of APO and CPC will come together on the front lawn and spell out “LOVE” to display all of the donations.