SOUTH MIAMI — Members of the Iota Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, based in from South Miami, partnered with the ladies of the Iota Nu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated to create hope totes for homeless residents of Miami-Dade County.

The totes consisted of toilet paper, hair combs, hair brushes, toothbrushes and paste, soap, sanitary wipes, disposable razors, shaving cream, body wash, deodorant, lotion, washcloths, tampons, maxipads, and hair shampoo and conditioner. Donations were solicited from members of both groups and the University of Miami community.

The hope tote collection campaign is an initiative led by the Miami Rescue Mission to distribute basic hygiene essentials to displaced residents. In total, over 40 complete bags and 1 large box of assorted items were donated by the group. The retail value of the donation was designated at nearly $500.