Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is celebrating their centennial anniversary. Founded on the campus of Howard University on January 16, 1920, the sorority’s international programs have included Z-Hope (Zetas Helping Other People Excel). Their core values are scholarship, service, sisterhood, and finer womanhood. The Beta Phi Zeta chapter of the Sorority was chartered in 1946 and covers Guthrie and Langston.
Their mission of helping others led them to initiate the Stork’s Nest in 1971. Stork’s Nests throughout the nation work with the March of Dimes organization to decrease premature births. Thanks to a recent generous donation from New Hope Missionary Baptist Church of Langston, parents and guardians with children up to two-years-old are invited to come pick up diapers, wipes, and baby hygiene items this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations will be given on a first-come, first-served basis – while supplies last.
“The goal for our Stork’s Nest is to help bring healthy babies home to healthy communities,” explained Alberta Mayberry, coordinator for the Langston City/ Logan County Stork’s Nest. “The rate of premature births remains high among African Americans. It has been going up instead of down. The similar situation happens in some rural communities, so Logan County-Langston City is a perfect place for our Stork’s Nest to try and impact this problem.”
The Stork’s Nest is not just about giving supplies to parents, but includes classes with experts, counseling for stress reduction, referrals to other helpful parenting and family-focused programs, and networking events for new moms and dads, too.
“We have expanded our program to not only include prenatal education, but networking, too. The Baby Cafe model is something we have incorporated into our sessions. Attitudes and selfesteem improve when clients understand that someone else is going through this, too,” shared Mayberry. “We recognize that mommy is not the only parent that needs to be included in our training,” said Mayberry. “When we get the partner or daddy involved too, it works better.”
The free drive-by infant supplies give away will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday. Simply drive up to the Langston Housing Authority building at 203 SW Bond St. in Langston, stay in your vehicle, and Stork’s Nest Staff members will come to your car, get the size, age, and gender of your child and then return with supplies. Anyone interested in participating in this event is asked to please wear a mask.
The Stork’s Nest is a joint venture between Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and the March of Dimes, working collaboratively to decrease premature births. For more information on how you can get involved or support financially contact 405-203-7695.