Tri Sigma lends helping hand to NYC homeless

Take My Hand Project

“This is something I most definitely will continue after I graduate. I want to eventually make this into a non-profit business that can impact a bigger population of the homeless in cities around the country.”

Before heading home for the holidays, a group of Sigma Sigma Sigma sisters made a quick pit stop in New York City to hand out some holiday cheer.

It was the second time the sorority coordinated their own Take My Hand project where they handed out donated items such as food, toiletries and gloves to the homeless. This year they were joined by a few fellow Greek Life volunteers.

“They (homeless) are so thankful people are out there who actually care and are trying to do something to help,” said Lena Kabak, a senior Tri Sigma sister who launched the Take My Hand initiative last year. “Even if it’s nothing big, we are trying to do something. The smiles were endless. From every person sitting on the street who had their head down with their cardboard sign, I can assure you they picked their head up and smiled after receiving some of the items from us.”

This year’s effort was aided by the generosity of Tri Sigma sister Jess Murray’s father, who provided free transportation into the city. As a result, Kabak said, all of the monetary donations went back into the project for McDonald’s gift card and food.

Kabak added Tri Sigma collected care packages from their alumni, which included toiletries and protein bars. Jackets, socks, gloves, scarves and hats were other popular donated items from organizations.

“Luckily the weather was warmer than last year, so more people were outside rather than in Penn Station,” Kabak said. “We got off of the bus and made our way down to Penn Station where we were able to hand out a lot of food and warm clothes to people. We also walked around Madison Square Garden and several side streets, where we were able to help out a lot of kind people.”

According to Kabak, the group hit most of the same areas as last year.

“Next year, hopefully we can organize a different route and get in contact with people who can better direct us to where more homeless people like to hang out,” Kabak said. “After encountering some of these kind people and seeing how hard they are struggling day by day, it honestly makes you want to break down and cry. Although, we were able to give them some food, and a warm coat or blanket, we went back to our homes later that day and they remained on the streets.”

In the future, Kabak says she hopes to have even more sisters and fellow Huskies get involved.

“There is so much that you can do with this event, and I hope when I graduate I’m able to plan it all out,” Kabak said. “This is something I most definitely will continue after I graduate. I want to eventually make this into a non-profit business that can impact a bigger population of the homeless in cities around the country.”