Sorority again lends a hand for Santa's Helpers toy drive

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by TINA FOSTER

WFAA

Posted on December 2, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 3 at 10:08 AM

DALLAS - The Alpha Phi sorority sisters have been collecting toys and volunteering with Santa's Helpers since 2002.

Regulars at the drive thru events, the Alpha Phi's have many memories.

"The year that we had so many toys that we had to recruit pickup trucks at the last minute to deliver the toys downtown," Betty Jo Fuller recalled.

Every year, the sorority sisters don their Santa's Helpers caps and sweatshirts to help collect thousands of toys for needy children, who might not otherwise have a gift at Christmas.

"I think people have been more generous especially since 9/11," Fuller said. "I've noticed especially, just last year, there were just guitars and keyboards, and just really nice toys. I think a lot of kids are very happy with what Santa brings them."

For the Alpha Phi's, it's a chance to bond with sorority sisters, and a chance to bring joy to some children's lives.

"It is just very fulfilling," Fuller said. "It gives us great satisfaction to be able to give back to the community and help those less fortunate than ourselves."

The Alpha Phi's were back out Friday night for the kick-off of this year's Santa's Helpers toy drive. Volunteers will be collecting unwrapped, new toys at Uptown Village in Cedar Hill from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday.

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