Without much left for themselves during a crushing economic crisis that has put nearly two million people out of work, thousands of Greeks braved the cold weather on Dec. 23 and flocked to Athens’ Syntagma Square to donate food, clothes and toys to families who have even less.
People of all ages carrying bags filled with donated goods stood patiently in line in the biting cold to participate in the solidarity initiative, I Care, I Share, organized the Athens municipality and local Greek television station Mega.
Charis Goulios from Mega said that due to the current economic crisis, many families in Greece were in a dire situation and initiatives like these had become necessary.”We all know that we are facing a difficult situation in Greece, especially in Athens, because we know that hundreds of thousands of families have problems with the current situation. So we cooperated with the municipality of Athens and we asked people to bring food, clothes or toys for the children,” Goulios said.
The organizers said people had responded enthusiastically to the call for donations, and 10 trucks had been filled in less than three hours with boxes and bags of food, clothes, blankets and toys. Charity has mostly been left to NGO’s and private groups as well as the Greek Orthodox Church, which is setting up soup lines, while the government has effectively done nothing to help.
(Sources: The Telegraph, Reuters)