Debbie Frapp, a former House Mother of the Theta-Zeta Chapter at Eastern New Mexico University was in need of some manpower for Hurricane Harvey relief. She was able to connect with Arsh Khusro the Grand Master of the Pi-Epsilon Chapter at the University of Houston. Brother Arsh and the Pi-Epsilon Chapter answered the call to service and put service above self. Debbie shows her gratitude to the Fraternity with this thank you note and shares with us a true testament of how Kappa Sigma impacts the world.
“I want to honor and say “Thank You” to a group of your Kappa Sigma members in Houston, TX. When hurricane Harvey hit Houston the impact was like nothing the state of Texas had ever seen. Thousands of homes were destroyed and lives impacted forever. Yet in every disaster, there is a silver lining and for me personally, it revealed the best of humanity, it was a time when individuals came together to support each other.
I have been part of Keller Williams Realty International in various leadership roles since 2004. Being a Texas-based company, we felt the impact immediately. Before Harvey made landfall plans were already moving forward with a response command center to mobilize people and supplies to those impacted. The need was and still is great. I was receiving urgent requests from Houston based individuals for manpower – I reached out to my son, Bryan Frapp, on my way to Austin, TX to ask who do you know that could help. He currently lives in Alaska and yet his connections to Kappa Sigma have no borders. One call, text, email led to another and then I heard from Arsh, the president of the Kappa Sigma at the University of Houston on September 6th. By Saturday, I had connected Arsh to the Keller Williams Command Center and he took an amazing group of individuals to help. While I never had the opportunity to meet Arsh or the others that went that day personally, my heart was touched by their willingness to give back and make a difference in their community.
They became part of an army of volunteers that made an impact and became part of what is good with our country and our state of Texas. Here is what happened in a week that Arsh and the Chapter were apart of:
- Over 4,000 volunteers contributed over 60,000 volunteer hours
- More than 150 homes were cleaned out (we called it de-mucking)
- Distribution of over 10,000 pounds of food
- Assembling of 5,000 cleanup kits
To say I was proud by this group of individuals is an understatement. I am humbled and grateful for this group and wanted to send this email to express my gratitude and give recognition to this chapter for their commitment to serve.” – Debbie Frapp