IOCC Responds to Hurricane Irene with Emergency Cleanup Support for Victims

Baltimore, MD (September 2, 2011) — Orthodox Christian teens gathered recently at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Baltimore to fill dozens of oversized buckets with sponges, trashbags, gloves and cleaning supplies in anticipation of Hurricane Irene. The hurricane relief efforts were supported by the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society. More than 100 cleanup buckets were assembled and donated by Orthodox churches in Maryland to International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) for distribution to storm victims, still cleaning up after excessive winds and rains left behind an estimated $1 billion in damage from North Carolina to the coast of Maine. Irene was the 10th weather-related disaster resulting in $1 billion or more in damage so far this year, according to the National Climatic Data Center.