Blood Drive and BBQ – Phi Beta Sigma Serves Our Community

The Brothers of NSU’s Zeta Iota Alumni Phi Beta Sigma chapter joined forces with Lifeshare and the Ben D. Johnson Center’s superb Legacy Café to host a first (and hopefully not last!) of its kind event Saturday, March 12 at the Ben D. Johnson Center.

The fraternity men of Phi Beta Sigma sponsored a free BBQ lunch give away, serving several hundred chicken lunches barbequed over a wood fire by Natchitoches BBQ chef “The Mogee Man”, with sides prepared by The Legacy Café. The delicious lunches were free to anyone from Natchitoches who asked.

There was more to the event than superb food. The Lifeshare blood donation bus was also on hand, looking to collect its goal of 12 units for the day. There is no substitute for human blood, and there is always a chronic shortage in hospitals around the state. From elective surgeries to accidents, cancer treatments and any number of other needs, there is a constant need for blood. It is not a question of if, but of when, a need will arise. The blood collected from the event’s donors will save at least one life and improve others.

The Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity was founded in 1914 and has been a fixture of the NSU community since 1973. The Alumni chapter was founded in 2014. The Natchitoches Parish Journal commends this community minded group of gentlemen for seeing a need and acting to fill it. The community is a better place with men like them.