In February, IOCC provided food, blankets and hygiene kits to thousands of families recovering from the recent war in Gaza. IOCC is targeting the neediest: those who have been displaced, are living in war-damaged homes, have experienced the death or injury of a family member, or have a primary bread winner who is unemployed as a result of the conflict. A total of 6,000 vulnerable families in Gaza will be assisted by IOCC through a $750,000 grant from ARD, Inc. and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). With the blessing of His Beatitude Theophilus III, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, IOCC has also been reaching needy Orthodox families with the cooperation of His Beatitude Archbishop Alexios of Gaza. IOCC is assisting about 120 families to repair their damaged homes and is providing food and hygiene supplies to another 500 families who live near the Orthodox Church in Gaza. IOCC has also provided $150,000 worth of food, blankets and hygiene supplies through Action by Churches Together (ACT) International.