The community of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church of Saginaw, Michigan, has generously donated 900 cases of water to support the residents of Flint, amidst the on-going water crisis. The Flint Water Crisis Relief Drive was organized by Chairman Bill Tarachas and Dr. Lou Economou, Executive Chairman of the Greek Festival of Saginaw. They were responsible for organizing donations from six philanthropic groups within the St. Demetrios community.
The Greek Festival of Saginaw and the Fraternal Order of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) Saginaw Chapter #216 District 10 were the major supporters and contributors of this drive. The Philoptochos Ladies Society and The Daughters of Penelope gave generously along with Greektober Fest and the G.O.Y.A youth group. Without the support of these organizations, this drive would have not become a reality.
The 900 cases of water, which translates to 31,500 bottles, was delivered by Gordon Food Services to the Eastern Michigan Food Bank of Flint, which distributes aid to the victims of this crisis.
Chairman Tarachas noted that the citizens of Saginaw and Flint have long supported the Greek community through their attendance and patronage at festivals and events. Tarachas said, “This is a way that the community of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church of Saginaw can show their support for the needs of our sister city, Flint, during this critical time.”
Added Father Timothy Cook, “St. Demetrios through the glory of God our Heavenly Father has always maintained a commitment to those in need throughout our community and beyond. This has always beena pivotal part of our mission.”
16th November, 2023