Brothers of Phi Kappa Psi ‘go homeless’ for charity

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The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity is going ‘homeless for a week’ to raise funds.
Phi Kappa, Think warm, help warm

By Grace Lehrian
News Editor/Spectator

Edinboro winters are notorious for the brutal weather and harsh conditions that come along with it.  While many students enjoy the luxury of a warm blanket and a cup of hot chocolate, a group of students are experiencing life on the other side of the window.

Phi Kappa Psi is participating in their annual “going homeless for a week” fundraiser.  During this time, the brothers set up a box near John’s Wildwood Pizza to collect donations to multiple different charities that are involved in helping those without necessary equipment.  For a full week, there will be at least one of the brothers from Phi Kappa Psi in the box to collect donations.  This is the 10th year in a row that the fraternity has participated in this charity work, and it seems to be as humbling as ever.

Bradley Hill, a communications major and the current vice president of the fraternity expressed his feelings towards the fundraiser.

“I know that whatever we do is nowhere near to how homeless live every day.  It is a very humbling experience to sit at a box and realize that this could be my life, this could be my thing.  I’m blessed to have shelter, food and warmth and clothes.  I don’t have to rely on stuff like this.  It’s very humbling and it makes me thankful for everything that I have.  I really do count my blessings around this time of year,” said Hill. “We could save somebody’s Thanksgiving. We could save somebody’s Christmas.”

The fraternity does their best to simulate what being homeless would really feel like.  They try their best to limit their access to electronics that they may have on them as well as living purely off of what is given to them by the community.

“We sit there, we don’t have a heater there, we wrap ourselves up in whatever blankets we can find. All of our hot chocolate and coffee donations come from other people who just want to keep us warm. Like, anything that we use comes from the community, who has been really supportive.  People have given us food, like pizza.  Flip even came by and gave us free hot chocolate and free bacon flips…We pretty much  live at the box solely from what the community gives to us, and how the community supports us,” said Hill.

Phi Kappa Psi takes donations of all kinds for the local food banks and shelters. 

“We collect all sorts of donations, nonperishable donations and monitory donations,” said Hill.

Hill also expressed that if Edinboro students or anyone in the community wish to donate to the fundraiser the best place to go would be the box.  If they are not able to make it to the box and they know a brother in the fraternity, they are more than welcome to give the brother their donation.

Hill expressed the he feels his fraternity is just one of the many amazing facets of the Greek system on Edinboro campus.

“I think, honestly, this is just another staple of how amazing our Greek life on campus is.  Other fraternities don’t get enough rep for the other things that they do.  We currently are one of two other organizations that does something similar to this, the other being Lambda Chi Alpha…It’s sad that they don’t get enough publicity for the good that they do, it all just seems to be negative.  But I would say that we are just like every other fraternity.  We have our values and we stick with them,” said Hill.

Hill was appreciative of the support that the community and the campus poured out.

“It just really brings the community together, especially the Greek community, and they have been really supportive of everything we have been doing,” said Hill.

As the cold weather gets bitterer of the winter season, Phi Kappa Psi would encourage students to take the time to remember how fortunate we all are to have shelter and food. Donations can be given to different places around Edinboro, such as the local food bank and women’s homeless shelter.

Gracec Lehrian is the news editor for The Spectator. She can be reached by eupnews.spectator@gmail.com