Monday, April 9, 2012

AHEPA Family Donation to Feed Hundreds of Families

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 $7,500 donation toward Apostoli Mission, a food bank charity under the direction of the Church of Greece on April 6, 2012, the delegation's last day in Athens. The $7,500 donation to the mission will provide 400 food kits to families in need. Each food kit feeds a family of four for about 15 days.

"The AHEPA family has been working diligently to raise funds to aid 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, who presented the donation during a meeting with His Beatitude Ieronymos II, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece. "Our biggest concern is to ensure that we make maximize the aid provided by each and every dollar we donate. We are confident today's donation will have a significant impact, feeding four hundred families of four people for at least fifteen days."
Supreme President Dr. Grossomanides and Daughters of Penelope Grand President Nicky Stamoulis were invited to visit and inspect the Apostoli Mission where the food kits are prepared and boxed for shipping, which they also did on April 6. They also toured a nearby army base that serves as a facility that processes all of the food needs.
Dr. Grossomanides added, "We understand today's donation will only go so far and we will continue to raise funds and identify charities or vehicles through which we can provide valuable assistance. The need is tremendous and there is not one 'silver bullet' solution to fulfill the need. That is why we are urging a united effort to address this humanitarian crisis and encourage all and any efforts that can go toward helping the people of Greece."
To contribute to the AHEPA family's humanitarian aid effort, please click here. To date, the humanitarian relief effort has raised more than $50,000.

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