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GOAA Online Resources Available for Hurricane Katrina

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  • Fr John Brian
    GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA 8-10 East 79th St. New York, NY 10021 Tel: (212) 570-3530 Fax: (212) 774-0215 Web: http://www.goarch.org Email:
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      8-10 East 79th St. New York, NY 10021
      Tel: (212) 570-3530 Fax: (212) 774-0215
      Web: http://www.goarch.org
      Email: communications@...

      For Immediate Release
      September 2, 2005

      Contact: Dept. of Communications
      Email: communications@...
      Marissa Costidis – 732-522-1637 (cell)
      Fr. Nektarios Morrow – 212-774-0506


      New York, NY – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has established
      a special web site to assist with information and resources during the
      Hurricane Katrina relief effort. The site,
      www.goarch.org/en/special/hurricane_katrina/, features the latest news on
      the response, along with a link for online donations to the Hurricane
      Katrina Disaster Relief Fund, and message boards to assist with information
      on families, parishioners, and parishes affected by the disaster.

      Also included on the site is a special bulletin insert that can be used by
      our parishes to inform and to assist with donations. The insert is in a
      pdf format and can be easily printed, reproduced, and distributed. The site
      also includes a section for prayer requests and a link to various services
      of the Church that guide in offering prayer and supplication during this
      difficult time.

      The site also has a direct link to the web site of International Orthodox
      Christian Charities (IOCC), the humanitarian aid agency of the Standing
      Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas. IOCC is
      working with other disaster relief agencies to coordinate the general
      relief effort. Already, response teams are confirming the extent of this
      tragedy and working to establish relief centers and direct supplies to
      people in the devastated areas and to the hundreds of thousands of refugees
      who are relocating to other areas in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and
      Texas. IOCC is asking Orthodox parishes to assemble health kits to assist
      with the immediate needs. Information on the contents of the kits and
      where to send them can be found at

      The site is also serving the growing need for communication among clergy,
      parishioners, and families displaced by the disaster. The message boards
      are linked to the site or can be accessed at http://forums.goarch.org
      Those who do not have Internet access can offer or request information from
      the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta at 404-634-9345.

      As more information on the relief effort and the status of the Orthodox
      parishes in the region becomes available, it will be posted on this special
      site. Offers of specific types of assistance can also be directed to IOCC
      at 1-877-803-4622.
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