By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 4, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Students from FAMU are working to make a difference in the local community.
About a half a dozen students from athletics and the Beta Nu chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity dropped off food baskets, clothing and soap to the Kearney Center Monday morning.
"Who are we not to serve? In order to lead you have to serve. We want to be leaders one day after we graduate so why not start where we live? A lot of us live right up the road, so let's impact our community,” said Sharard Shabazz, who is part of both groups.
Shabazz said the collection started as an initiative he called “soap for hope.”
During away athletics games, he encouraged student athletes to bring back new, unused soap from different hotels to give to the homeless. As he became involved with a fraternity, he expanded the collection to include clothing and food.
"The people walk in and they're just like, ‘Oh my god you guys are a blessing.’ But, we just see it as, ‘Can you guys bring some cans here and there? Can you bring some extra clothes?’" said Shabazz.
“As a whole, FAMU athletics, our goal… is to let the community know that we care more about the community than our sport in general,” said Dei’Ja Martin, a FAMU volleyball player who helped with the donation, “I feel like that's a big role and to donate and get to know them and see this stuff helping and everything, it's amazing."
Shabazz said he hopes to continue collecting items and make donations every two months.