Fraternity distributes hundreds of toys at event in Pittsburgh's Larimer neighborhood
The Iota Phi chapter of Omega Psi Phi hosted its annual Christmas Party and toy giveaway in Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Santa Claus, who made a special trip to Larimer, was on hand to take photos with children and their families and hand out presents.
The party comes on the heels of the chapter’s annual Thanksgiving meal giveaway in which the fraternity brothers gave away 500 meals to Pittsburgh-area families in need.
A few hundred guests were expected at Saturday’s party.
The Iota Phi chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international historically black fraternity, consists of any brother of the organization who has graduated from college and now lives in PIttsburgh.
“It is extremely important to our fraternity, as leaders in our community, that we take advantage of the opportunity to continue to provide uplift during the holiday season,” said chapter President Darian Grant. “We want to ensure kids in our community receive a toy, a picture with Santa Claus, and a smile on their face.”
“It’s for families, not just for kids,” said Hassan Shariff, committee chairman while handing out turkeys and hams.
Kids also received books as gifts, enjoyed refreshments and cookies and get to see the Omega train display. A jazz trio played Christmas songs.
The chapter expected to give away at least 500 toys to children 12-years-old and younger on the first-come, first-served basis. They included a pair of Playstation gaming systems. A raffle featured four bikes as prizes.
Sponsors for toys and books include: Rivers Casino, PNC Bank, Sam’s Club, Toys for Tots and the Law Office of Albert G. Reese, Jr.
Nate Smallwood is a Tribune-Review photographer. He can be reached via Twitter @nsmallwoodphoto, Staff writer Samson X Horne contributed to this report.