BENEFITING: Alpha Phi Foundation, Inc.
EVENT DATE: Jan 01, 2014
Our newest philanthropy, Hug-A-Bear, is something we are very excited about continuing for the second year! Last year, the Alpha Phi's distubuted 200 bears to open heart patients at the Lubbock Heart Hospital.
"Creating a new philanthropy based around our Alpha Phi Helping Hearts, I plan on carrying on a tradition from my grandmothers Omaha Alumni chapter. After undergoing heart surgery that requires opening up the chest, patients typically are told to cough to help keep the lungs clear. I plan on starting with 200 firm bears to replace heart patients current cough pillows. Through community engagement and local donations, Alpha Phi has set high expectations for the financial success of this program. I am blessed that my sisters have been supportive and have put their trust in myself, and am eager to give the first bear during February’s Heart Awareness month. I hope this will inspire our sisters as they are given a hand’s on experience with heart patients in Lubbock. We are excited to spread the project throughout the state and eventually gain national attention."
- Blake Wagner, Alpha Phi