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Sigma Gamma Rho donates care packages for mommies-to-be

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. gave several care packages to Nurse-Family Partnership to support first-time moms.

Raleigh’s Beta Lambda Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. delivered the care packages as part of Project Cradle Care, the sorority’s national program with the goal of having a positive impact on the quality of life for children who are born prematurely, or as a result of teen pregnancy.

“We are always happy when we can implement our Sorority’s national programs locally. As we celebrate our Centennial this year, donations like these have even more meaning,” said Tramaine Darby, president of the chapter. “Project Cradle Care allows us to serve as an extended family for soon-to-be mothers by providing supplies, education, and resources that will help make their transition into motherhood a bit easier.”

Nurse-Family Partnership is a community health program that works with first-time moms to transform their lives and create better futures for themselves and their babies.

Project Cradle Care is a collaboration between Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and the March of Dimes to improve pregnancy outcomes in high-risk communities by increasing the number of women of childbearing age who receive adequate prenatal education and care. The program also focuses on educating moms about proper infant care and child development.

Nurse Supervisor Stephannie Cooper Senegal received the donation from BLS, and said that donations like these let them know that their work is appreciated in the community.

“Donations like these help us do our important work in the community,” Senegal said. “It’s encouraging when organizations like Sigma Gamma Rho take the time to gather items for our young mommies then personally deliver them. It reminds our soon-to-be mothers that they are not alone.”

Sorors Pam Hardy and Tonya Spence, co-chairs of the Chapter’s Community Service Committee, hand-delivered the care packages in May.

“Project Cradle Care allows us to have a lasting impact on the lives of young women,” Hardy said. “This is more than just a one-time donation. We’re investing in them, we’re investing in their futures.”

Some benefits of Project Cradle Care are financial contributions to help improve the health of babies, helping teen mothers prepare for life with a newborn, and supporting teen mothers so they continue their education and development.

“It’s fulfilling to be able to give back to our community in such a meaningful way,” said Spence. “I consider it a privilege to make this extra special delivery.”

Through Project Cradle Care Prenatal Health Program, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and the March of Dimes join forces with medical professionals and community-based organizations to educate and raise awareness in high-risk communities of prematurity prevention by hosting informational baby showers, health symposiums and health fairs.


Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was organized on November 12, 1922, in Indianapolis, Indiana, by seven young educators. This organization was founded on, and continues to be, steadfastly committed to the tenets of excellence in Scholarship, Sisterhood and Service. Sigma Gamma Rho is celebrating its Centennial this year.

Sigma Gamma Rho has a proud legacy of providing positive and proactive community leadership and support when and wherever needed as indicated by the sorority's international slogan, "Greater Service, Greater Progress”. For more information, visit


The Beta Lambda Sigma (BLS) Raleigh Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. has been committed to providing service to the residents of Wake County since 1949, offering programs and resources dedicated to healthy living and addressing issues that affect Raleigh.

Affectionately known as the Capital City Sorors, the women BLS embody their saying “Where Great Meets Greater” throughout the community with service and leadership in several non-profit organizations including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Junior League of Raleigh and The Links, Inc. For more information, visit

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