JOLIET – More than 100 ladies from the Joliet Area/South Suburban Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority spent Saturday planting KISSes all over town.
By the end of the day, the group produced about 130 acts of Kindness in Service through Sisterhood (KISS) ranging from feeding the homeless to honoring police and firefighters to promoting healthy lifestyles.
It was all part of KISS 100, the group’s annual effort to provide good works through service to the community.
“It definitely makes an impact on the community,” said Cheri Harris, a chapter member who drove in from Country Club Hills to plant flowers at four Housing Authority of Joliet housing centers. “We do what we can. We’re all about sisterhood.”
The chapter, which includes more than 400 women in the south suburbs, decided to focus its efforts this year on Joliet, the town where it was founded 40 years ago.
“With this being our 40th year, we thought we’d return to where we started from,” said Virgie Bullie, president of the JASSAC Charitable Foundation.
While Harris and the women in her group focused on planting flowers outside the Fairview Community Center, Bullie, of Oak Forest, and her team served hot dogs to children in the Rising Stars Summer School program inside. They also provided books to the children and a monetary contribution to the center.
It was a busy morning for Bullie, who started her day at 5 a.m. providing breakfast at a homeless shelter before attending the group’s opening rally at 9 a.m. at The Salvation Army Joliet Corps Community Center.
Bullie had several more KISS events before heading to the Louis Joliet Mall, where the group culminated its day with a health and wellness expo.
The chapter also handed out thank you baskets at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Silver Cross Hospital, washed windows at Easter Seals, donated items to the Guardian Angel Home and Joliet Animal Shelter, sorted thrift shop items at Morning Star Mission Ministries, planted flowers at The Salvation Army, painted at Cornerstone Services, cleaned at the Forest Park Community Center, helped out with a children’s cooking class at the Warren Sharpe Center, donated items to the Mount Zion and Second Baptist churches, served cupcakes and played games with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties and performed numerous other activities.