ABOVE PHOTO: Pictured above (front row): Alisa Davis (‘14), chapter president; Robin Torrence (‘89), chapter member and community school coordinator; George C. McGriff (‘86), chapter first vice-president and committee chair. (second row): Courtney Sabb (’13); Wanda Sabb (’86), chapter member; Chris Holland (‘87), chapter chaplain; Edwina Coverson Barnes (‘89), chapter 2nd vice-president; Audrey Fields (‘92), chapter secretary; Eric Becoats (‘88), chapter parliamentarian, and Minnetta Metz (‘72), chapter member.
On Saturday, November 21, 2020, the Alumni Association of Lincoln University (AALU) Philadelphia Chapter, “Keep Them Warm” Winter Coat Drive committee donated over 100 coats to one of the Community Schools in the School District of Philadelphia, F.S. Edmonds Elementary School, located in Mt. Airy. The Community School Coordinator Robin M. Torrence, also an alumnus, Class of 1989, and committee member, hosted a Pop-Up Distribution Day. Various items were distributed along with the coats such as household items, clothing, baby items, shoes, etc.
Also distributed were feminine hygiene products donated by Lynette Medley of No More Secrets Mind Body Spirit, who is also an alumnus of Lincoln University. The event was held for the students, families, and community of F. S. Edmonds School.
George C. McGriff, Jr. (‘86) is the chair of the “Keeping Them Warm” Winter Coat Drive committee. He sees to it that every year coats are donated as well as coordinating the coat drive. The AALU Philadelphia Chapter has sponsored this community service project for more than a decade.
This is the second year that F. S. Edmonds has been the recipient of this wonderful donation. Members of the AALU Philadelphia Chapter came out to assist with the setup and distribution.
The community school coordinator, Robin M. Torrence (‘89), stated that she was overwhelmed by the generosity shown to her school family again this year as well as the volunteers of the Philadelphia Chapter members coming out, especially during the pandemic. “There are many families in need of many things during these unprecedented times and I try my very best to provide resources for them. I want to thank the AALU Philadelphia Chapter once again for partnering with me.