On October 29, Make A Difference with Loukoumi Day was observed virtually and in various places throughout the globe. Loukoumi Foundation President Nick Katsoris and longstanding Loukoumi "kid" Ava Tsapatsaris, who started taking part as a child and is now a freshman at New York University, delivered the opening remarks from the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens in Long Island City.
The Foundation works with 100,000 kids worldwide, and Katsoris noted that teams from 22 cities around the world would be participating in Loukoumi Day.
Kids from South Florida, Athens, Greece, Hellenic Academy in Deerfield, Chicago, IL, Gander, Newfoundland, Canada, Puerto Rico, and many other places shared their good actions with various efforts and charities in a video presentation.
12-year-old Arsh Pal from Dubuque, Iowa, displayed an art project in which he created a get-well card for children at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In addition to their cards, clubs started collecting $1 donations for St. Jude in 2015. In order to assist fund The Loukoumi Make A Difference Foundation Treatment Room at St. Jude, which will be given that name in October 2019, The Loukoumi Foundation has now vowed to raise $150,000 and urge thousands of children to take part in crafting cards and collecting money.
Arsh mentioned that he also sold some of his artwork and raised $1,000 for St. Jude. The St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Attn: NMO (Non-Monetary Operations) 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 is where participants can mail their cards. You can get more details online at https://bit.ly/3zprarO
Speaking about her company's collaboration with the Loukoumi Foundation, ECOS President and CEO Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks said, "We share the mission of teaching children valuable lessons about everything from preserving our environment to discovering that doing good for others is the secret to happiness."
"Our goal at ECOS has been to develop safer products for 55 years, and this month, we're doing a good deed by donating $1 to the American Cancer Society for every bottle of ECOS laundry detergent customers buy in the months of September and October, up to a maximum of $75,000," she stated. Because so many families are affected by this illness and because my own mother passed away from breast cancer in 2007, I consider this to be of utmost importance.
To help Vlahakis-Hanks out on social media, Vlahakis-Hanks said, "We're also going to give a hypoallergenic hand soap to the Loukoumi kids to give out at the homeless shelter and I'm going to ask each of you to do something for me on social- number one, do a good deed for the planet, number two, take a photo of yourself doing that good deed, and number three, share on social and tag @Ruby is from Arkansas. Children were urged to create a Post-It for a resident of a nursing home by Kate Chitsey," founder and CEO of Three Wishes for Ruby's Residents, which grants wishes to residents of nursing homes.
Chef Maria Loi shared her advice for leading a healthy lifestyle, noting that everyone should drink two spoons of olive oil per day and use heart-healthy olive oil every day for cooking. She also mentioned how the videos of kids sharing their good deeds had brought her to tears. The Chef Maria Loi/Loukoumi Make A Difference Foundation Teaching Kitchen at The Floating Hospital, which provides families with practical instruction and resources for managing chronic illnesses, keeping a healthy diet, and gaining social and useful life skills, was also noted by Katsoris.
In a poignant video, The Floating Hospital also revealed its Candy Cane Lane initiative. Anyone interested in participating can do so by visiting https://amzn.to/3DJ4FAn.
While Katsoris spoke about the initiatives with the New York Mets Food Drive and the River Fund to assist the homeless, Mr. Met also made an appearance at the online event.
When Genevieve Piturro, the founder of the pyjama program and a successful television marketing executive, decided to read to homeless children at a shelter in New York City more than 20 years ago, it broke her heart to see that they slept in their clothes. She then started bringing pyjamas to the shelters. A young child refused to accept them and enquired as to what pyjamas were. Piturro stated that the Pajama Program, which is celebrating 22 years this year, has expanded to 42 chapters across the United States as more people have learned about it and decided to donate since that time.
Piturro remarked, "The power of one does not transform things; the power of one moves mountains and people."
The more times Katsoris hears Piturro's tale, the more inspiring it becomes, he observed. He thanked everyone for taking part, especially Mr. Met and the Mets Foundation for everything they do, and then asked Loukoumi and all the young people in attendance to snap a commemorative photo to wrap up the online event before they go out to carry out their in-person good actions for the day.
You can get more details online at https://www.loukoumifoundation.org.
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