The Orthodox Church in America’s Diocese of New York and New Jersey and the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America [FOCA] are mounting efforts to assist those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
The NY/NJ Diocese has established a Diocesan Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to those faithful in need of assistance due to losses incurred from Hurricane Sandy.
“Each parish rector in the Diocese is asked to announce in his parish that this fund has been established, that some assistance will be available, and that interested parishioners should speak with him immediately,” said His Grace, Bishop Michael in a recent letter to all parishes. “Each rector should gather the names, and a description of the particular situation and level of need, from parishioners who may qualify for help.”
Rectors are being asked to submit names and supporting information to Bishop Michael’s office.
“A committee of the Diocesan Council, composed of clergy and laypersons, will review the submissions and apportion the available funds, through the parishes, on behalf of the diocese,” Bishop Michael added. “Every effort will be made to prioritize disbursements according to need; and the privacy of those seeking assistance will be respected.”
The FOCA’s National Junior Department extends an invitation to all faithful to help collect Christmas toys for children suffering as a result of the storm.
According to the FOCA’s Tammy Schultz, “we are hoping all the junior chapters will participate in this group effort to help the children of Superstorm Sandy. IOCC has connected us with two Orthodox Churches in the affected area willing to collect and distribute the toys.
Toys will be collected through December 15, 2012. Toys should be wrapped, tagged with recipients’ ages and gender, and a brief description of each gift. Donors may send toys to the following distribution sites.
- Holy Trinity/Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 1641 Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10314.
- Saint Paul Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 110 Cathedral Ave., Hempstead, NY 11550.
Alternatively, donors may purchase gift cards, which may be sent to Marge Kovach, 8 Ginesi Drive, Clark, NJ 07066.