Bethany College Zeta Tau Alpha Sisters Assemble Help for Haiti

BETHANY, W.Va. — More than 30 Bethany women assembled health aid kits for victims of Haiti’s recent earthquake at a meeting organized by the College’s sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. Upperclass sorority and first-year students participated in the community service project, held on January 30 in Renner Too at Phillips Hall on Bethany’s campus.

Zeta Tau Alpha Vice President I, Cassidy Drilling, spearheaded the event.

“We were pleased to join with the Wellsburg United Methodist Church on this project,” Drilling said. She added, “We are working through the Church’s international relief committee, UMCOR, to provide needed assistance for those struggling in Haiti.”

The kits consist of personal hygiene articles: a wash cloth, hand towel, soap, nail file or nail clippers, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste and sterile bandages. Music from a recent “Hope for Haiti” telethon played as the students packed the kits on an assembly line Drilling had prepared. After completing the kits, the women composed handwritten, personal notes offering sentiments of comfort and support to the recipients and added one note to each kit.

The kits were delivered to The House of the Carpenter, a Methodist Church facility in Wheeling, W.Va.. From there they will be transported by truck to New Orleans, La., and then by ship to Haiti.

The Church was represented at the event by its treasurer, Bethany College Board of Trustees member Marc B. Chernenko, a 1978 graduate of Bethany.

“Members of Bethany’s Greek community can always be counted on to pitch in and commit their time and talents to a worthwhile cause,” Chernenko observed. “The Wellsburg Methodist Church appreciates the participation of the Bethany women in assembling these help kits for those with such great need.”

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.