AHEPA Family to Provide Ongoing Monthly Donation to Athens Food Bank
AHEPA’s Greece Chapters Provide Several Hundred Easter Dinners
WASHINGTON – Dr. John Grossomanides, supreme president of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), a leading membership-based association for the nation’s three million American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes, presented a $5,000 donation to Mr. Louis A. Zagami, development officer, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) toward the organization’s ongoing humanitarian relief efforts in Greece on May 11, 2012.
“We thank AHEPA for its generous support of our relief efforts to help struggling families in Greece during these difficult times and appreciate its responsiveness to the urgent humanitarian need,” said IOCC Executive Director/CEO Constantine M. Triantafiolou.
“The AHEPA family continues to work diligently to raise funds to help the people of Greece during this unprecedented humanitarian crisis, and our chapters in Greece have been doing their best to address the needs of their local communities,” said Supreme President Dr. Grossomanides. “The need is great. We encourage all efforts that can go toward helping the people of Greece—small or large—every bit helps.”
Dr. Grossomanides added, “The partnership with IOCC has proved fruitful, and we look forward to continuing our work together to help the people of Greece.”
AHEPA to Feed Needy on Monthly Basis
According to Executive Director Basil Mossaidis, the AHEPA family’s humanitarian campaign to feed people in need will be ongoing. At its May 11 meeting, the AHEPA Supreme Lodge approved the donation of 400 to 500 food package kits on a monthly basis for Apostoli Mission, an Athens food bank charity under the direction of the Church of Greece. Each food kit feeds a family of four for about 15 days. Moreover, AHEPA chapters in Greece provided several hundred Easter dinners to families throughout Greece, Mossaidis added.
“We are doing what we can to provide a direct and immediate impact through donations and a ‘boots on the ground’ approach to provide assistance,” said Mossaidis.
During the annual AHEPA family excursion to Greece in April, AHEPA began its efforts by presenting a $7,500 donation toward Apostoli Mission that provided 400 food kits to families.
To date, the AHEPA family has raised more than $150,000 for humanitarian aid for the people of Greece.