SVOTS Alumni work to help parishioners after Hurricane Florence

SVOTS – 20/9/18

Alumni Priests Peter Robichau (’10) and Andrew Cannon (’16) have launched efforts to assist parishioners of Saint Basil Orthodox Church in Wilmington, NC who have been left in need in the wake of a direct hit from Hurricane Florence last week.

Fr. Peter and Fr. Andrew were recently assigned as rector and assistant priest,respectively, at Saint Basil. The hurricane did not cause structural damage to the church building, but did topple some trees on the property, damaging fences. Unfortunately, some of Saint Basil’s parishioners suffered far worse—major uninsured losses, lost wages, and tremendous hardship.

The parish has established a GoFundMe page to raise money for those parishioners as well as to assist neighbors and others who come to the parish for help. Donations may also be sent directly to Saint Basil Church Hurricane Relief Fund, 4601 Blue Clay Road, Castle Hayne, NC 28429.

Additionally, Saint Basil Church is working with International Orthodox Christian Charities [IOCC], which established emergency response protocols before the hurricane hit. Volunteers interested in helping IOCC’s relief efforts across the region can register online.

SVOTS has several alumni and some SVS Press staff in the area, but everyone is reportedly safe after the hurricane, thanks be to God. Please keep them and everyone in the region in your prayers as months-long recovery efforts get underway.

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