Chicago Bulls forward Vladimir Radmanovic, who has supported similar educational initiatives for underprivileged children in the US and his native Serbia throughout his 12-year NBA career, also attended one of the ceremonies and spent time meeting with some of the young recipients of the new books.
The books are part of a broader effort by IOCC to provide assistance in the United States where, over the past three years, the organization has distributed $30 million in educational support and emergency assistance to more than 20 states. IOCC plans to make the book distributions in Chicago an annual event in response to the continuing educational needs of the community's children.
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHARITIES
IOCC is the official humanitarian aid agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America. Since its inception in 1992, IOCC has delivered more than $400 million in relief and development programs to families and communities in 50 countries. IOCC is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy. To learn more about IOCC, visit www.iocc.org.
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All photos by Michael Prischman for IOCC.