U.S.-based fundraising group Hellenic Relief Foundation has distributed Easter food and clothes to Greek families in need.
The HRF was set up by the Greek-American diaspora in February 2012 to help and support Greek people in need during Greece’s financial crisis by distributing food and first-aid goods. So far, about 135 tons of foods have been distributed to poor Greek families.
According to their announcement, clothes and shoes were offered to 350 children on Monday, while on Wednesday Easter food was distributed to families in need in Athens, Piraeus, Thessaloniki and Spetses island. Every family received a large package with dry foods, lamb, cheese, olives, butter, bread, Greek Easter bread (tsoureki), two bottles of orange beverage and two bottles of wine.
The Easter distribution took place in the Meropeion Elderly Home in Athens by HRF volunteers, headed by Maria Siourdi, and cost 25,000 dollars.
The money for the distribution will be raised by the Greek diaspora at a benefit concert-tribute to the renowned Greek lyricist and poet Manos Eleftheriou, which will be held in New Jersey on May 2. Grigoris Maninakis along with Stavroula Manolopoulou and bouzouki player Christos Vidiniotis in partnership with Mikrokosmos’ ensemble will perform Eleftheriou’s work.
Furthermore, Prokopis Zervas, board member of the Hellenic Relief Foundation, expressed his satisfaction for the excellent organization of the Easter distributions by the Greek volunteers.