The national Junior Department of the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America [FOCA] extends a heartfelt “thank you” to one and all who donated toys and gift cards to brighten the season for children whose families continue to suffer as a result of November’s Superstorm Sandy.
In addition to hundreds of toys, which were mailed directly to the three churches involved, nearly $3,000.00 in gift cards and monetary donations were received from faithful in parishes in Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, upstate New York, and Washington, DC. Members of the Bayonne, NJ and Jersey City, NJ FOCA chapters purchased more than 300 additional toys, which they wrapped and delivered to three parishes located in areas hardest hit by the storm—Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, Toms River, NJ; Holy Trinity/Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Staten Island, NY; and Saint Paul Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Hempstead, NY.
“It is the sincere hope of all involved that these presents would bring some Christmas joy and comfort to the youngest victims of Superstorm Sandy,” said the FOCA’s Mr. Nicholas Ressetar.
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