Presvytera Vassi Makris Haros is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture & Planning and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. She is the owner, designer and photographer of V’s Cardbox, In Service and Love. a greeting card company featuring cards with an Orthodox voice. She strongly feels that experiencing the Orthodox Faith through the church’s cyclical calendar of feasts and fasts is a gift that is too often overlooked.
If the teachers and Grammar Police reading this can get over the double negative of Can’t Do Nothing, I’d like to share a story of something very positive going on.
Have you seen these documentaries? Milana Vaynatrub, you know, the AT&T girl? She’s the spunky retailer who is happy to sign you up with that perfect contract with AT&T. She started an organization called Can’t Do Nothing after she realized that during a vacation in Greece last year, it was “just ridiculous” to vacation knowing what was going on in Lesvos. Greece was already burdened with financial ruin and now its borders were being flooded with refugees.
So she got her stuff together and instead of going home to comfort, she changed her flight and traveled to where she could do some good. She flew to Lesvos where the beaches were lined in orange life vests of desperate families seeking, not freedom or opportunity, but protection… life.
I am so impressed with Milana.
What makes a person do something like this? It turns out that in 1989 she was a refugee herself, leaving the Soviet Union in search for freedom.
As Orthodox Christians we are blessed to have strong philanthropic organizations like the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) and Philoptochos. If you don’t know where to start. Visit either of their websites for suggestions.
We won’t all find ourselves in Lesvos or Greece but there are people all around you who need your help, your time, and your hands and feet.