We are pleased to announce the launch of our grass-roots charitable organization, "GO HOPE": Greek Orthodox Helping Other People Everywhere. It is an outgrowth of the charitable efforts that the individual parishes of the Metropolis (Diocese) have been carrying on since their respective foundations. For instance, they have been feeding the homeless in many parishes around the country for years.
Their current project involves helping the tornado victims of Alabama. They have gathered a massive amount of donations, including baby supplies, toys, nonperishable foods, and hygiene supplies, to name a few things. They have rented a 26 foot truck that will be filed with the donations and driven to Tuscaloosa, Alabama by Bishop Christodoulos this Monday morning, May 16, 2011 (n.s.).
This current initiative began when one of Holy Unmercenaries Parish in Chicago's members, a doctor in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, saw the devastation which occurred around her as a result of the tornadoes and reached out to her extended parish family to help the victims of the tornado. A few photos appear below, and more will be added as the truck is loaded tomorrow, Sunday, May 15, 2011 (n.s.).
If anyone would like to donate to our organization they can send it to the following address:
c/o Hellenic Orthodox Church
11360 S. Lawler Ave.
Alsip, IL 60803
For more information, interested parties can also go to the Facebook event page “Alabama Tornado Victims Need YOUR HELP”.
UPDATE: We have added additional photos from Sunday's packing effort and Bishop Christodoulos's visit to Alabama. Please see below.
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