Whether one considers themselves religious or not, there’s no denying the Christian-spirit that abounds around the holiday season – and that is the spirit of giving.

With Easter fast approaching, the Greek Welfare Centre has joined forces with the Greek Orthodox Parishes of Victoria and Oakleigh Grammar to run a Food Hamper and Toy Appeal.

With the generous donations, the Centre will put together hampers with the essentials and deliver them to members of the community who are in need of some extra assistance in time for Easter.

For health and practical reasons, only non-perishable food items that are in date can be accepted. Examples include oil, pasta, rice, coffee, tea, sugar, biscuits, canned food, sauces, flour, and spices.

Toys are also welcome, preferably in new, or as close to new condition as possible to ensure a positive experience for the children receiving them.

At the forefront of organising and coordinating appeals at Christmas and Easter, the Greek Welfare Centre is calling upon the Greek Australian community once again, including businesses, to show filotimo by contributing as much as they can.

“The more we collect, the more we are able to distribute through our volunteer network to disadvantaged Greek Australian families in Metropolitan Melbourne,” the Centre urged.

Donations can be dropped off from today until Sunday 25 March at any Greek Orthodox parish across Victoria, or at the Greek Welfare Centre at the Holy Monastery of Axion Estin (7 Hartington St, Northcote, VIC). For more information, contact Edmond Kaderoglou on (03) 9486 6588.