On March 20th 2021, Kappa Delta Sorority at Louisiana Tech University held its annual Shamrock run in support of raising money for two of out philanthropic organizations - The Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home and Prevent Child Abuse America. Hundreds of thousands of people came out to support both in-person and via our virtual run. There was an option to do a “fun run,” a 5k, or to do either virtually. Along with that, there were small businesses and organizations set up to sell small business items or simply to provide food and coffee to participants. There was a kids station where children could play while parents ran that included a bouncy house, a pinta, face paint, corn hole, and crafts. Our vice president of community service, Avery Jeffcoat, spent many months preparing for the event, reaching out to donors, organizing the run both for in-person participants and virtual participants, and making every big and small detail come together to make the day perfect. Thanks to her and to her Shamrock team, we were able to raise over $40,000 for the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home and Prevent Child Abuse America. Without our supporters and generous donors that support the same vision as we do, we could not have done any of this without you. Thank you!
It was such a fun day, and here are some Kappa Deltas that wanted to share their experience of the day:
“It was so special and exciting to gather for Shamrock this year especially after the year we just had. Seeing the community gather to support Prevent Child Abuse America and the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home always refreshes my heart. The event was such a fun experience for everyone involved and was definitely a highlight of my year so far!” - Lindsey Thornton.
“It was so fun! I sold my hair scarves that I make at Shamrock, and it was so nice getting to see so many people and talk to them. We truly have so many amazing supporters!” - Abbey Matejowsky.
“It was so amazing seeing how much money we were able to raise for these kids and for their futures. We are so thankful for all the support!” - Rachel Britt.
“Cheering on everyone was the best! There was such an energy and an excitement to the day. I am thankful to be a Kappa Delta!” - Lauren Dowden.
“Hi! My name is Avery Jeffcoat and I am so blessed to be the Vice President of Community Service for the Alpha Chi Chapter of Kappa Delta. Over the course of my term, I have truly been so grateful for every opportunity to serve the Ruston community. The best part about philanthropy is getting to serve all people, and this is where KD’s true passion lies. Kappa Delta’s philanthropies are the pulse that drives KD’s members. From serving as a girl scout mentor to running a 5K race to collecting items for multiple charities, the Louisiana Tech Kappa Delta members are ready and willing to serve. Throughout this past year, the pandemic has impacted everyone. From family life to how we participate in school, everyone has had many struggles. But I believe that even when there are hard circumstances, God will bring the good and beauty out of them. This year in Kappa Delta, our members have been able to give back like never before. Serving others can never truly be stopped because of a pandemic-it just might feel and look a little different. That is what KD has tried to do: never stop serving others because everyone is in need of something. This year, we were able to have many safe events to raise money for our local philanthropy, the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home. We were able to have Restaurant Percentage Nights with Chicken Salad Chick, Newks, and Champ’s, Christmas with Kappa Delta with Social Bites Confections, a Goldie Fundraiser Night, and a $10K in One day Virtual Giveaway, where we were blessed to raise $13,000 in 24 hours! We also were able to safely host our Shamrock 5K Run at Lincoln Parish Park this year as well. While following state and Louisiana Tech guidelines, our main priority was staying safe while having fun! This was definitely a day I will never forget. We were finally able to bring the Ruston community together again for a common goal: to help these amazing children across America have a better and brighter future. We were able to raise over $40,000 for the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home and Prevent Child Abuse America, two organizations that truly impact the life of a child. This goal could not have been achieved without all of our sponsors, alumni, La Tech family, participants, volunteers, and the Lord above. While giving back looked differently this year, Kappa Delta strived to allocate the funds needed to go towards our philanthropies and other organizations around Louisiana because their need never went away, so Kappa delta wasn’t going to either. So, thank you! Thank you for supporting the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home through any circumstances. God calls us to serve when it's easy and when it's hard, so we will continue to step up and step out for our philanthropies. We cannot wait to see what the Lord has in store for the future of the Shamrock 5k, but most importantly, we know that “ I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Phillipians 4:13. We are thankful for the Lord’s strength and wisdom and omnipotent power to guide us through every year and will continue to always rely on Him! Thank you again and God Bless You!” - VP CS, Avery Jeffcoat.