Greek diocese has distributed nearly 100,000 meals since September flood

Karditsa, Greece, November 2, 2023

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The various philanthropic institutions of the Metropolis of Thessaliotidos of the Greek Orthodox Church have been very busy since Storm Daniel struck in September, causing serious damage to the Thessaly Region.

Metropolitan Timotheos ordered to immediately prepare a place to host 40 people in the diocesan nursing home and for the diocesan Houses of Love to begin preparing food for the many people who lost everything. By the next week, more than 2,000 meals were being offered daily.

Since then, nearly 100,000 portions of food have been distributed.

Met. Timotheos celebrated a blessing ceremony at the Houses of Love in Kardista, Sofades, and Farsala recently. During the service in Karditsa, the Metropolitan noted:

Almost two months have passed since the great flood disaster that struck our Holy Metropolis; the destruction is huge, but your work is unfathomable. From the day we were able to starting cooking until today, we have given out 97,850 portions of food… Fr. Theoklitos, responsible for the General Charity Fund, along with his associates, visits the villages every day until late at night distributing food, clothing, household items, and whatever else we can.

The hierarch then visited the Houses of Love in Sofades and Farsala, where he thanked the workers for their love and hard work, especially the women volunteers, whom he referred to as “myrrh-bearing women.”

“We have winter ahead of us, and things will be difficult,” Met. Timotheos noted. “One must become a brother to his neighbor.”

“I’m distressed by the signs of greed. We must first help the weakest and the powerless—I wish we could help everyone. Two months have passed, and people are still sleeping on the floor or can’t even dwell in their homes,” the hierarch said.

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