Greektown Taverna Donates 70 Turkeys for Thanksgiving Food Drive
In just four days this week, Greektown Taverna collected 70 turkeys for the Jewish Federation of Volusia & Flagler Counties’ annual Thanksgiving food drive, replacing turkeys lost in the restaurant’s freezer when the power went out during Hurricane Irma.
Taki Dimitrakopoulos and his father George were storing turkeys for the Federation’s Jerry Doliner Food Bank when their Ormond Beach restaurant lost electricity during the hurricane — ruining $18,000 worth of food.
The restaurant wanted to replace the turkeys for the Federation’s food bank and offered discounts this week to their patrons who brought in frozen turkeys. The News-Journal wrote about the restaurant’s effort last Sunday.
Within four day, the restaurant collected 70 turkeys, more than replacing the Federation’s 50 turkeys that were lost during the storm, said Jewish Federation President Marvin Miller.
“In just four days since the News-Journal’s Sunday article about the power outage at The Taverna during Hurricane Irma, 70 turkeys have been donated,” said Miller, who was on hand at the Federation’s Ormond Beach food bank when the donated turkeys arrived this week. “Thank you, thank you, thank you to The Greektown Taverna, their customers and The News-Journal.”
The Federation’s Food Bank is seeking donations to provide holiday meals for economically disadvantaged families in the area, as well as to help hurricane victims locally and in Puerto Rico.
The Federation helps people regardless of race or religion, and 100 percent of donations go directly to provide aid because the Jewish Federation pays all administrative costs. Send tax-deductible donations to the Jewish Federation of Volusia & Flagler Counties, 470 Andalusia Ave., Ormond Beach, FL, 32174, and be sure to specify where you would like your donation to be used. Call 386-672-0294 for more information.
Update: More than $20,000 Raised for Hurricane Harvey Victims
Sept. 6, 2017
With Hurricane Irma bearing down on Florida, the Jewish Federation of Volusia & Flagler Counties saw a surge in donations early this week to help victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston.
Gloria Max, executive director of the Jewish Federation, said more than $20,000 had been raised by Tuesday night. She is sending checks made out in the names of Hurricane Harvey victims certified as being in need by Houston area churches and synagogues.
“Please let everyone know that we will send out these checks to the clergy in Houston to distribute to the families before Hurricane Irma arrives here,” Max said Tuesday night. “If we raise more money, we will collect more names of people in need in Houston.”
Max said she acts quickly to send money to disaster victims because it can take weeks for financial assistance from governments and large aid organizations to reach families. A check for $500 can mean so much to these families.
To donate or for more information, call Max at 386-672-0294. Donations are tax-deductible and 100 percent will go to Hurricane Harvey victims because the Jewish Federation pays all administrative costs.
Update: Helping Victims of Hurricane Harvey
Sept. 4, 2017
Thanks to your generous donations, the Jewish Federation of Volusia & Flagler Counties has raised nearly $10,000 to help victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston.
The Jewish Federation is sending $500 checks to families — regardless of race or religion — who have been certified as needy by Houston area churches and synagogues. For these families, this may be the first financial help they receive while they await federal emergency assistance, said Gloria Max, Jewish Federation executive director.
Max said she hopes to send $500 checks to 20 families. “If we get more donations, we’ll send to more families,” she said Monday. “We’ve raised this money so quickly because everyone’s hearts go out to the people in Houston and they want to help — whether they are able to donate $10 or $200.”
One hundred percent of the donations will go to Houston families in need because the Jewish Federations pays all administrative costs. People who donate will receive a letter reflecting their tax-deductible donation, Max said.
Jewish Federation Raising Funds for Victims of Hurricane Harvey
The Jewish Federation of Volusia & Flagler Counties is raising funds to help flood victims from Hurricane Harvey in Texas.
The Jewish Federation provides disaster assistance to families, regardless of race or religion. Donations are tax-deductible and 100 percent of the money raised will go to disaster victims. The Federation already has reached out to religious institutions in the heavily flooded areas and will act quickly to speed money to the victims.
“We don’t raise a lot of funds, but this money is the first money the victims receive and the letters we receive after disasters show us how appreciative they are,” said Federation Executive Director Gloria Max, adding that she and her husband know how “horrible” the conditions can be because they were flood victims when they lived in West Virginia years ago.
“The Federation always budgets for disasters, but we need the assistance of the community so we can help more families,” she said.
Please send checks to the Jewish Federation of Volusia & Flagler Counties, 470 Andalusia Ave., Ormond Beach, FL 32174, and write “Texas flooding” in the memo line. Call 386-672-0294 for more information.
Rotary Club of Daytona Donates $500 to School Backpack Project
Send tax-deductible donations to: The Jewish Federation of Volusia and Flagler Counties, 470 Andalusia Ave., Ormond Beach, FL 32174, and please write “2017 School Supply Kits” in the memo line. For more info, call 386-672-0294.
Food Bank Gets Matching Grant to Help Needy at Holidays
The Jerry Doliner Food Bank is asking for donations to provide food, toys and gift cards for the holidays to needy families in Volusia and Flagler counties. Local entrepreneur and philanthropist Gale Lemerand will give a match of $10,000 for donations made during the holiday appeal.
The food bank will give gifts, turkeys, side dishes, desserts and bags of food, enough to last needy families for a week and a half, said Gloria Max, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Volusia and Flagler Counties, which operates the food bank.
“We have so many people in need in our community and we’re grateful for generous supporters, like Mr. Lemerand, who help the less fortunate during the holidays,” Max said. “We also are in need of gift cards — ones for even $10 or $15 — to give to the tweens and teens. They often are the forgotten children during the holidays.”
The Food Bank helps people regardless of religion or race — and 98 percent of the people receiving aid are not Jewish. One hundred percent of donations go to help the poor because the Federation pays all administrative costs.
Send tax-deductible donations to: Jerry Doliner Food Bank, c/o The Jewish Federation of Volusia and Flagler Counties, 470 Andalusia Ave., Ormond Beach, FL 32174, and please write Holiday Appeal in the memo line. For more info, call 386-672-0294.
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