As you know, we have supported the charity Pantopoleion Dimotiko for a number of years now. Today we visited the centre once more to deliver the clothes and blankets so generously donated by the members of our website MadAboutMessinia.com. We also had a wedge of cash, 505 Euros to be precise, funds raised from our recent book fairs to be spent on essentials at one of the cash and carry stores in Kalamata, ENA. We arranged to meet up there with Angie, one of the volunteers.
Such is the respect for the charity, we were taken around the store by the Manager, pictured here with Angie and Pauline. There we bought pasta, tinned milk, flour (which had a special offer with it, free sugar no less), passata, pork luncheon meat, coffee, household detergent and hand soap. The manager and another assistant even came out to load the car for us. We did worry that we might not have enough room, but we managed it, although I’m pretty sure that sort of weight isn’t the best thing for our suspension. Anyway, job done, we headed back to the centre.
I think another helper, Fotini, was surprised at how much we had managed to purchase. She is aware of how we raise the money with the book fairs, and I got the impression that she finds the concept a surprising one. With all the goods safely delivered, we said our farewells and left them to it.
You see, there’s the thing, we are always made very welcome when we visit, we get many thanks from all the volunteers, and then we leave. They however will be back again on Thursday when the centre will be inundated with desperately needy people collecting their groceries and clothing, and then return next week, and the week after for more of the same. We are happy to do what we can to help, but if I wore a hat I would take it off to the volunteers, every one of them, for what they do.
Thank you to Olga, who we have met several times before, but unfortunately missed today. She left us a little Christmas package with lots of goodies, and this message below. On behalf of the community that supports our book fairs, and in turn this charity, I would like to send seasons greetings to everyone connected with the Pantopoleion Dimotiko, and echo the sentiments written by Olga.