Greek ladies donate $5,300 to Help4Kids
The Ladies Philoptochos Society of the Transfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Church presented a check for $5,350 to Help4Kids on Oct. 25.
The money came from proceeds from a charity fashion show, “Fall Into Fashion,” hosted by the society on Oct. 14.
This donation will go a long way to assist Help4Kids in supplying weekend food bags for over 2,000 “food insecure” children in all five Florence County school districts, seven Head Start schools and Palmetto Youth Academy, said Diane Welsh, founder and president of this non-profit organization.
Help4Kids Florence is a program that supplies food packs to elementary schools in Florence County. Each Friday children at risk of being hungry get sent home with their backpack full of food items for the weekend, providing them food for Saturday and Sunday.
“Our goal is that these children return to school on Monday rested, fed, and ready to learn,” said Welsh.
She said it costs $2.17 to pack a brown paper bag with non-perishable food items, such as oatmeal, instant grits, applesauce, Ramen noodles, pork and beans, Vienna sausage, fruit and grain bars, and juice packs – enough to feed a child over the weekend.
Robin Gioldasis, chairwomen of the fashion show and a member of the Ladies Philoptochos Society, said supporting and creating awareness of Help4Kids was the motive for the fashion show and the desire to do something different. Another fund raiser for the society is the annual Greek Pastry Sale and Dinner which will be held this year on Nov. 16 and 17 in the church’s Hellenic Center.
Welsh commented that Help4Kids always needs volunteers to hold food drives, pack food bags and make cash donations. For more information on Help4Kids, log onto their website www.help4kidsflorence.org.