Sitka, Alaska, March 12, 2021
His Grace Bishop Alexis, the administrator of the Orthodox Church in America’s Diocese of Alaska, has established a new program for helping the poor and needy.
The New Orthodox Care Network of Alaska aims to provide healthy food, seasonally appropriate clothing, and children’s school supplies for those who feel they cannot provide for themselves. The needs of many in Alaska have become more severe due to the pandemic and economic turmoil, His Grace writes.
In his decree announcing the new program, Bp. Alexis reminds that Christians have always given alms eagerly and generously and that it is our duty as Christians. Scripture teaches: If thou hast abundance, give alms accordingly: if thou have but a little, be not afraid to give according to that little (Tobit 4:7), he quotes.
The program is available to help both clergy and laity. Those in need are encouraged to reach out to the program through their local priest or deacon who will in turn communicate the need to the diocese. The need will then be placed on an Amazon gift registry, allowing donors worldwide to help the less fortunate in Alaska.
Visit the program’s site to find out what current needs you can help meet.