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Service Sorority Brings Fall Festival to Underprivileged Children

There are many children who do not get to enjoy trick-or-treating and other Halloween festivities. Omega Phi Alpha, a service sorority on campus, will be bringing Halloween fun to some of the underprivileged children in Opelika through the Fall Festival.
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The Fall Festival will be from 3 – 5 p.m. at the Christian Care Center in Opelika on Oct. 28, according to Rachel Desmond, the service chair for Omega Phi Alpha. “We’re going to have a carnival-type set up for kids located in the area,” Desmond said. “It will be free of charge for all kids.”

Activities at the Fall Festival include a “Feely Squealy” Booth, where children will guess what is in an unknown box, and a fishing booth where children can fish for a treat. Other activities include bag decorating, a cake walk, a mummy run, face-painting, a ring toss and a photo booth.

Omega Phi Alpha held a similar event last year, and the children loved it. “A lot of the kids don’t go trick-or-treating, so the fact that they could come and play games and get candy out of it, they were just so excited,” Desmond said. “It was instant gratification, it made everybody happy to be there.”

The Fall Festival is a part of many other service projects done by Omega Phi Alpha. “We are a service sorority,” Desmond said. “Instead of focusing solely on social aspects, our focus is on service.”

Other projects that the group has done in the past include Auburn-sponsored events such as the Dance Marathon, Relay for Life and Big Event. Omega Phi Alpha also did the Little Pink Ribbon event to benefit breast cancer research, and they have also done Packages for Troops.

They are planning to have a 5K in the spring to benefit the Sunshine Foundation, which is a wish-granting foundation in central Florida. “They bring in kids of all different backgrounds, diseases and disorders, not all terminally ill,“ Desmond said. “They usually send kids to Disney for a few days free of charge to the family.” 

Desmond’s favorite project so far has been the Relay for Life, because she lost three out of four grandparents to cancer. “I’m always looking for a way to give back to cancer research,” Desmond said. “I’m always looking for a way for somebody else to have more birthdays.”

Omega Phi Alpha has a rush every fall and spring, and students should look for the table on the concourse, according to Desmond. For more information, students can visit auburn.edu/ophia or twitter.com/auophia.

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