U.S. Mission to Athens and CSB Donate Essential Humanitarian Supplies for Refugees and Migrants


The U.S. mission to Athens and the 409 Contracting Support Brigade(CSB)of the U.S. Army on April 7-8 donated essential humanitarian supplies for migrants and refugees in Greece on behalf of the U.S. Government. Beds, sleeping bags, blankets and other material were offered to the First Reception Service of the Greek Republic for distribution to refugee camps throughout the country.

“This latest donation demonstrates the U.S. government’s commitment to helping Greece address the emergency needs of migrants and refugees, and comes on top of last week’s announcement of our additional 20 million U.S. dollar contribution to UNHCR and other groups caring for migrants in the region.” said US Ambassador to Greece David Pearce and added, “We have been impressed by the generosity of the Greek people who, even in the midst of the severe economic crisis, have offered food, shelter, and medicine to those in need.”

Major La’Tasha Watson, the Chief of Contracting for the 409th CSB said, “It’s so deeply gratifying to be part of the process – to be able to help people.  When I saw the news of the sheer number of individuals, leaving everything behind, I knew I wanted to be part of the relief effort.”

“We’ve had immense support in this endeavor, from U.S. officials stateside, U.S. European Command, to the Hellenic National Defense General Staff – everyone wants to help,” noted Colonel Jay Gardner of the Office of Defense Cooperation in Greece.  Colonel Gardner added that U.S. authorities are also coordinating delivery of other items from excess property stocks.

Source: ANA MPA


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