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September 1, 2016
Dear National Board Members, Metropolis Presidents and Boards, Chapter Presidents and Stewards of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society,
On behalf of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, I extend heartfelt greetings to you as we commemorate the Feast of the Indiction, the first day of the Ecclesiastical New Year. September marks a time of new beginnings, an opportunity to revisit our commitment to our mission and to look ahead with refreshed vigor and enthusiasm. As stewards of Philoptochos, we are sustained by a calendar of recurring efforts and ongoing projects. And, when galvanized by unpredictable and unanticipated events, we respond, steadfast and strong in our resolve to offer comfort and solace to all those in need.
On August 11, torrential downpours occurred in areas surrounding Baton Rouge and Lafayette, Louisiana causing unimaginable devastation. The Washington Post noted that, “the ‘no-name storm’ dumped three times as much rain on Louisiana as Hurricane Katrina. It dropped the equivalent of 7.1 trillion gallons of water or enough to fill Lake Pontchartrain about four times.” The distress and needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ and the Church of the Holy Trinity Church in Baton Rouge is immense. Many have been displaced from their homes and have lost most, if not all, of their physical belongings.
The National Philoptochos Society has established the National Philoptochos Louisiana Floods Relief Fund. To date, $35,000 from the National Philoptochos Emergency Fund has been distributed to the Metropolis of Atlanta for immediate assistance. Contributions from this fund will specifically address temporary housing expenses and purchasing of necessary major appliances, furniture, bedding, etc. for the families victimized by the hurricane. I urge you to support this effort and ask that you send your donation to the National Philoptochos Office, 126 East 37th Street, New York, NY 10016, earmarked for Louisiana Floods Relief.
The crisis, however, is far from over, and our work as Philoptochos is not complete. It is our responsibility as stewards of Philoptochos to provide the hope, the trust and the confidence that their lives will be improved through your support of the National Philoptochos Society Assist-a-Family Project. This voluntary project will address the immediate and long-term needs of primarily the Orthodox victims of the tragedy left in the wake of the Lousiana Floods. The needs are vital, basic and beyond imagination. You can assist families with the donation of a gift card to Home Depot to replace lost appliances and for much needed home repair material, or a gift card to Walmart or Target for clothing, domestics, kitchen items, etc.
With your help, we may offer them the strength to endure, the grace to look beyond the loss, and the hope for a brighter future. Please consider offering a gift card and participate as one united family in the Assist-a-Family Project. If you choose to participate please mail your gift card to the National Philoptochos Disaster Relief Chair and Metropolis of Atlanta Philoptochos President Dee Nicolaou, at 27242 Breakers Drive, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544.
Please continue offering to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ your most fervent prayers for our fellow sisters and brothers so that their lives and spirits are restored by the Grace of God. May our Lord bless you for your loving response. With love in Christ,
[signed] Dee Nicolaou
National Philoptochos Disaster Relief Chair
[signed] Maria Logus
LEARN ABOUT PHILOPTOCHOS
The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society is the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and has offered 85 years of philanthropy through a multitude of programs that make a difference in the lives of people in the United States and throughout the world.
Philoptochos fulfills its mission through its National and Metropolis Boards and its 26,000 members and more than 400 active chapters, nationwide. In 2015, National Philoptochos distributed $1.74 million in philanthropic aid.
Major initiatives include the Feeding the Hungry, Aid to Greece & Cyprus Campaign, support of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine, Domestic Violence services, Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon and many other programs.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PHILOPTOCHOS SOCIETY
The National Philoptochos Society mission is to charitable, benevolent and philanthropic outreach to preserve the sanctity of life and family and to perpetuate and promote our Orthodox faith and traditions.” The organization is led by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Chairman, His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela, Spiritual Advisor, Maria Logus, President, Arlene Siavelis Kehl, First Vice President, Evangeline Mekras Scurtis, Second Vice President, Jeannie Ranglas, Third Vice President, Christine Karavites, Secretary, Martha Stefanidakis, Treasurer, Georgia Vlitas, Assistant Treasurer and Aphrodite Skeadas, Advisor. The organization’s Director is Helen Lavorata.
- The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc. is the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America that has offered eighty-five years of philanthropy through a multitude of programs that make a difference in the lives of people in the United States and throughout the world. The Society was established in November 1931, by the late Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I, who was then serving as Archbishop of North and South America.
- Philoptochos fulfills its mission to “help the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, those with disabilities and the victims of disasters through its National and Metropolis Boards and its 26,000 members and more than 400 active chapters, nationwide.
- His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America called Philoptochos, “an army of nobility and the jewel of our Church.”
To learn more about the National Philoptochos Society, visit http://www.philoptochos.org. For more information regarding this material and the National Philoptochos Society, please contact Rania Richardson, Communications Manager at email@example.com.
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