A Different Kind of Spring Break

Suzanne Rhodes | 02/25/14

Spring break means good times for most college students. But for Patrick Moss and his Delta Tau Delta brothers at West Virginia University, it represents another kind of good: spreading the word about MMA’s ground transportation program, Angel Wheels.

In a recent press release, Moss explains that members of Delta Tau Delta from his school “will be visiting healthcare clinics and hospitals in Morgantown and other areas of the state to make them aware of the Angel Bus program and how they can make it available to their patients, ” says Moss, who is chairman of the Delta Tau Delta Public Service Committee and a freshman studying business marketing.

Angel Wheels provides free gas cards and commercial bus and Amtrak tickets for low-income patients who use free and community health clinics in their states or who live in remote locations and can’t access medical treatment. In West Virginia, there are over 150 such clinics offering primary care to patients in need.

“Virginia was our first trial state,” explains Jim Smith, who directs the Angel Wheels program and is MMA’s chief of staff. “We chose West Virginia as the next state to roll out Angel Wheels. He went on to say, “We’re truly grateful for Delta Tau Delta’s partnership with us. If not for their deep concern for those less fortunate, we would not be able to reach patients who need services provided by our ground transportation program.”

Smith recently drove to Morgantown from Virginia Beach to meet with Patrick and other Delta Tau Delta members. He gave them materials to distribute to the clinics they visit and said he was very impressed with their desire to help.

Delta Tau Delta’s outreach for Angel Wheels will cover not only the school’s spring recess from March 10-14, but also continue as an ongoing community service project.

“We’re happy to be part of Angel Wheels. Getting people to medical treatment is essential. This is the type of program, we are proud to support,” says chapter president Kent Marshall.

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