A new shipment of humanitarian aid from American NGO “Orphan Grain Train” will arrive at Thessaloniki port on December 14, a social solidarity official from the prefecture of central Macedonia said on Monday, during a council meeting.
The 20-ton shipment includes food, vitamins, books, toys, clothing and items of personal hygiene, which will be distributed at the start of the new year among 30 organized networks that provide help to vulnerable citizens, especially those affected by the economic crisis, Haris Aidonopoulos said. The food items will not be distributed to refugees as catering services are only decided through a tender, he added.
Aidonopoulos said the prefecture will also organize a solidarity concert at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki on December 18, with free entrance, where attendants will be asked to contribute food and clothes which will be distributed during the holidays.
This is the “Orphan Grain Train’s” third shipment to Thessaloniki. The NGO is a Christian volunteer network that ships donated food, clothing, medical and other needed items to people in 65 different countries including the USA.