New York.- Photos by: Stavros Tsakiridis
Summer, vacation; but the urgency does not go on vacation. The Hellenic Relief Foundation continues the undertaking it began in February-2012, appropriating monetary donations from the United States for food and basic need items for distribution to the underprivileged in Greece.
Distribution during summer and fall months were as follows:
-620 packages on June 24th
-600 packages on June 14th
-670 packages on August 18th
-300 children received School supplies on September 10th
-600 parcels were handed out from the foundation’s new distribution center from September 17th to the 20th
-45 plates of warm food were given to the homeless and to families that do not have electricity on October 17th,
-439 packages on October 19th
Parcels were given to beneficiaries in: Athens, Pireaeus, Nikaia, the Municipality of Kalyvia Thoricou (for the needs of the public grocery) Spetses, Gytheio, Thessaloniki, Chania, Patra, Tavros, Souli, and Konitsa.
September 17th marked the first distribution at our newly rented and refurbished distribution center that became a reality due to the generous grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. The new center offers areas for distribution, and storage of all goods; but also an area that can be utilized for support on matters of physical and mental health in co-operation with other organizations. Pictures of new outlet.
All the activities in Greece are carried out by the members, employees, and volunteers of “Hellenic Voluntary Support” under the direction of Maria Siourdi.
Members of the Board of Directors, and representatives of the foundation were present at the distributions.
Queens College of New York professor Nicholas Alexiou was present at August distribution and he stated that he is impressed with the magnificent service the organization provides to the less privileged people of Greece.
The materials distributed are purchased with funds collected from individual donors as well as various organizations and societies.
In October 2015 The Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce donated part of the annual dinner gala proceeds for the mission HRF.
If February 2016 the Archangel Michael of Port Washington New York community organized a dinner gala and benefit auction in order to support the activities of the foundation.
Since the beginning of our relief activities the following companies have donated food and clothing items valued to about 150 euros.
– FRAFOS SA – ARLA FOODS AEVE
– CONSTANTOPOULOS GROUP – KYDALION S.A.
– KAMILARIS AEVE – AGROVIM
– E.GYFTEA AND CO. LRD. – 3E REFRESHMENT AND JUICE COMPANY
– FOOD BANK – SHOP & TRADE
– BUFFALO PLUS – ALFA PASRTY
– ALPICO S.A. – KARAMOLEGOS
– MERIDIOAN – I.BOUTARIS & SON
A big portion of the distribution expenses in Greece are being covered through a grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Fixed expenses in New York are covered by sources connected with the Board of Directors so that 100 percent of donations are turned into food and other items for ones in need.
Christmas main distribution will take place on December 21st 2014 from our central outlet in Athens and many other areas throughout Greece.
The Hellenic Relief Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt (501C3) organization. It was founded in January, 2012 with the goal of raising funds in the United States to be used towards the purchase of food items, and basic necessities for the underprivileged in Greece. To date approximately $403,000 has been remitted for purchase of food in Greece. Additionally local companies in Greece have donated items valued to about 150,000 euros. In total approximately 412 tons of aid has been purchased and distributed.