The University of West Florida partnered up with Son Of A Saint to raise funds and collect canned goods for Giving Hope: The Food Pantry of New Orleans.
Son of a Saint, a local non-profit started by former NFL player Bivian Lee, designed to help boys through mentorship, emotional support, development of life skills, and much more all came together to help those in need. Giving Hope is a nonprofit dedicated to changing lives through efforts of their staff, volunteers, and corporate partners, feeding, clothing, housing, and providing fellowship to those in need.
Two members from the chapter, Philanthropy Chairman Jaxon Stanford ’24 Eminent Deputy Archon Jake Bailey ’24, traveled all the way to New Orleans from Pensacola, FL, and helped raise $200 and collect over 200 non-perishable items.
The commute is about three hours from Pensacola to New Orleans. Destruction from a previous natural disaster triggered the chapter to help.
“After seeing the destruction of Pensacola after Hurricane Sally, I knew that I wanted to help the people of New Orleans anyway that we could. It definitely was a great feeling when they found out that we came all the way from Florida just to help out as much as we did,” Stanford said.