NEW YORK – The Society of Kastorians “OMONOIA”, NY during periods of crisis has dedicated its philanthropic work and solidarity not only to its fellow members and the Greek Community, but also to the local organizations and community at large.
During this pandemic, the Society launched a fundraiser for the hospital in their hometown of Kastoria and is supporting local New York frontline responders and heroes by delivering meals to healthcare workers, hospital staff, firefighters, and police, among others.
Starting on April 21, Kastorian Society President Demos Siokis and the Board of Directors of the Society took the initiative to deliver lunch to Jacobi Medical Center at 1400 Pelham Pkwy S in the Bronx, to accommodate 50 medical staff personal of the ICU Unit.
On April 22, the Society will deliver food to the firefighters of the FDNY Engine 295/Ladder 144 in Whitestone. On April 23, the NYPD Precinct 109 at 37-05 Union St. in Flushing will receive 100 meals for the police officers.
“We support the people on the frontline risking their lives to keep us safe. We delivered meals and we thank the owner of the Buccaneer Diner, Dimitrios Tsirkos, for his contribution. The doctors were very happy with the meals and thanked us,” President Siokis told The National Herald.
The Society was expected to deliver lunches to FDNY firefighters in Whitestone on Wednesday afternoon, while on Thursday at noon it plans to distribute hot meals to 100 police and administrative officers at Flushing’s 109th Police Station. “We show solidarity with the society at large and with those who protect us, we help members and the local community as much as we can,” Siokis added.
The Society ordered for its members 7,000 masks which it distributed to each family. “We sent our members ten masks. Not only in New York but also in other states where they were in need. Boston, New Jersey, Las Vegas, while we also gave 600 masks for the members of Pan-Macedonian. I would like to personally thank the members of ‘Omonia’ Fotis Tsatis, Panos Politidis, and Harilaos Vlahopoulos who helped transport the meals to the hospital,” Siokis said.
The Society of Kastorians “Omonia” is a non-profit organization founded in 1910. “We are perhaps the most historic association in the Greek Diaspora. Many Kastorians immigrated here and to Europe because of the fur trade. Our Philoptochos is celebrating its 100th anniversary this October and is an integral part of our association with its dynamic efforts,” said Siokis.
Meanwhile the Society’s Fundraiser for the Hospital in their hometown Kastoria is still ongoing and those interested in contributing to the Society’s cause can donate through the PayPal account:https://www.paypal.me/societyofkastorians or mail a contribution to 150-28 14th Avenue Whitestone, NY 11357.
Together we can!