New York – In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America has expressed the concern, prayers and care of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America for the life, safety and well being of the millions of people in the affected areas of the northeastern United States.
The Archbishop, through his chancellor, has been in contact with clergy of the Direct Archdiocesan District to assess and determine the extent of damages on our faithful and parishes in the areas ravaged by the storm. He also spoke with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and thanked him for all that he is doing for New York City during this unprecedented crisis. He pledged the support and assistance of the Archdiocese in the efforts of recovery and reconstruction, an offering for which the Mayor thanked him. In addition, the Archbishop spoke with Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey, who informed him about the damages to the churches and communities of the Metropolis of New Jersey.
In the days to come, Archbishop Demetrios will be working with key people in the Archdiocese and with the Philoptochos Society to offer specific assistance to those impacted by the hurricane.
In response to this historic natural disaster for this area of the United States, His Eminence asks the faithful throughout the nation to offer prayers of remembrance for those who lost their lives and prayers of consolation for the thousands who have suffered the loss of property and face weeks and months of recovery. He also asks for prayers for the safety of the many rescue personnel and others who are working to save lives and bring solace to those who have been afflicted by this storm. He stated,
The AHEPA Emergency Response Committee through the auspices of the Supreme President, Dr. Grossomanides, is actively working with the Districts which have been affected by Hurricane Sandy, in order to develop a plan on how AHEPA can help. AHEPA asks its members to visit the organization’s web site and download the AHEPA Family Emergency Plan Booklet which is located in “Downloadable Forms” section of our web site.
AHEPA will make a formal announcement after our preliminary investigation shows us where our help is most needed. In the meantime, they are asking all chapters to:
Donate funds made out to the: AHEPA Charitable Foundation (a 501 c 3), in any amount in preparation of making a financial donation to assist.
All AHEPA members are asked to reach out in their communities to mobilize volunteering in areas affected by the hurricane. AHEPA has a long tradition of service in our communities, call your local fire departments and Red Cross shelters and see what AHEPA can do to help.
Ask around your area if you can collect clothing, donate food stuffs, and be aggressive in efforts to get food and clothing to people in need.
Coordinate efforts to assist first responders, have your chapter volunteer time and man power in areas affected. Ask to feed your first responders by manning a soup kitchen or donating time to prepare meals for persons dealing with all the damage.
Hold fundraiser in your communities for future need of relief efforts.