ORTHODOX CHURCH MOBILIZES AID FOR GREECE
BY STAS MARGARONIS
The worsening economic situation in Greece is prompting a mobilization by Americans to speed up aid efforts to Greece, spearheaded by the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC).
A recent IOCC report explains the gravity of the situation in Greece:
“Each day the streets of Athens become more crowded with families newly evicted from their homes due to job loss and the inability to pay their bills. As Greece’s escalating economic woes drive more and more families into a desperate struggle to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) in cooperation with Apostoli, the social service agency of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Athens, is putting your support to work securing food aid packages for impoverished families and jobs for the unemployed.
The job shortage is especially dire for young workers under 25 with more than 46 percent of them without a job according to EU statistics. Through your desire to help, IOCC is supporting Apostoli’s efforts to employ young people for jobs collecting, sorting and packaging food items from donation centers set up in 213 participating supermarkets in Greece.
From a warehouse space donated by the Greek army, the newly hired workers assemble 30-pound parcels containing enough food staples such as flour, rice, beans, milk and canned tomatoes to feed a family of four for a month. The food aid packages are then delivered each month to 70 parishes in the greater Athens metropolitan area where they are distributed by the parish priest to families living in poverty. To date, 1,700 families numbering approximately 7,000 people receive monthly food aid packages.
IOCC Executive Director, Constantine Triantafilou, says, “IOCC opens its heart and hand to the people of Greece during these difficult times.”
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHARITIES
IOCC, founded in 1992 as the official humanitarian aid agency of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA), has implemented relief and development programs in 50 countries across four continents around the world. ”
For more information, please contact Rada Tierney at IOCC firstname.lastname@example.org