The Greek government, Greek Orthodox Church, and municipalities among others have issued calls to the public for collection of basic needs for the earthquake-stricken regions of Türkiye and Syria.
A powerful earthquake registering 7.8 on the Richter scale struck the neighboring regions on Monday and killed over 11,200 people in both countries, levelling cities, injuring thousands, and leaving them homeless.
On Wednesday, the General Secretariat for Social Solidarity and Combatting Poverty (Labor & SOcial Affairs Ministry) asked for donations of items through the Hellenic Red Cross. The list of necessities includes foods with long shelf life (legumes, cans, biscuits, nuts, bottled water, milk, and juices), baby diapers, blankets and sheets, children’s and adult clothing, personal hygiene items, masks, antibacterial hankies or gels, gloves, and baby formula, milk for children, and baby care items.
Items can be left at the General Secretariat (60 Solomou St), from 08:00 to 20:00, and until February 20. They will be taken to the Hellenic Red Cross, which will send them on. For more information, call 210-5281285-6.
The Greek Orthodox Church of Greece will collect from the Holy Archbishopric of Athens and Metropolitan Churches of Greece the following items: new blankets and comforters (duvets), bottled water, long-shelf-life milk, pasta, rice, and legumes. The items may be collected from February 12 (Sunday) to February 19 (also Sunday). The items will be dispatched by the Athens Archbishopric See’s ‘Apostoli’ charity.
In addition, several municipalities of Attica have called for donations of items. Please consult with each municipality, as the lists are extensive and specific to the municipalities, as well as in terms of the hours and dates of collection. The following municipalities said on Wednesday they were collecting donations for Türkiye and Syria:
Agioi Anargyroi-Kamatero, Alimos, Acharnes, Dionyssos, Elliniko-Argyroupoli, Ilioupoli, Ilion, Kessariani, Kifissia, Kropia, Lykovrissi-Pefki, Megara, Nea Smyrni, Peania, Palio Faliro, Penteli, Peristeri, Rafina-Pikermi, Spata-Artemis, Filothei-Psychiko, and Haidari.
Starting collection as of yesterday (Tuesday) are the municipalities of Lavreotiki, Elefsina, Egaleo, Nea Filadelfia, Metamorfossi, Iraklio, Vyronas, Vari-Voula-Vouliagmeni, Kallithea, Moschato-Tavros, Nea Ionia, Papagos-Holargos, Halandri, Vrilissia, Amaroussio (Maroussi), Petroupoli, Agia Varvara, Zografos, Dafni-Imittos, Agios Dimitrios, Glyfada, Marathonas, Pallini, Markopoulo, and Saronikos.