The information on their website suggests (courtesy of automated translation) that we may freely choose what organization we want to support with our parcel, but when I visited their local office in my neigborhood, a gentleman behind the counter told me, that the recipient has to be on the list “in the computer” and that the system has to allow sending for free, based upon the said list (more about the list — see below).
So, the procedure seems to be: you grab whatever you want to send (standard limits and conditions apply — see the company page), you go to their nearest office and you ship it off. They even promise to pack it for you – possibly free of charge, too.
And here is the list of eligible entities, as of 3.11.2015 afternoon.
If you look at the original website (perhaps using the translator program) you will find there lists of needs. However, my recommendation is to contact the recipient directly before composing a packet.
Transit area to the North/Balkans, support area for Eidoumeni transit camp at the Macedonian border.
- Melissa Orphanage for Girls. 2 Trikoupi Str. 55236 Panorama, Thessaloniki, tel. +30 2310 341 965
- Volunteers Kilkis-Thessaloniki Idoumeni Refugees, 4 March 25th Str., Shop “Line”, tel. +30 2341 025 650
- Association Oikopolis, Ptolemaion 29A, Thessalonki, tel. +30 2310 222 503
The biggest “entry area” with several transit camps and thousands of dramatic arrivals daily — by sea from Turkey.
- ERT Aegean (the TV channel), 69 E. Vostani Str, 81100 Mytilini, tel. +30 2251 023 250
- Illiaktida, Village of All Together, 20 Agios Therapontos Str, Mytillini.
- Platanos self-organized clinic, Skala Sykamnias, Lesvos
- NGO Agalia, 81107 Kalloni, Lesvos
- Petra Cultural Association, 81109 Petra, Lesvos, tel. +30 6945 101 615
- Pediatric Hospital of Mytilene, 48 E. Vostani, 81100 Mytilini, tel. +30 2251 057 700
- Archipelago Marine Conservation Institute, Mesokampos Pythagorion, Samos, +30 2273 061 191
- Kos Solidarity, http://www.kos-solidarity.com, email@example.com Tel. +30 694 608 5065
- Athens, Pireus and around.
- Shelter Agape, 10561 Athens, 8th floor
- Municipal Center for the Homeless, 35 & 70 Sofokleu St., Athens, tel. +30 210 523 9465
- Greek Refugee Council, 25 Soloumou St, Athens, tel. +30 210 380 0990
- Children & Family Support Center, 6-8 Aristonos & 5 Pieria, 10441 Athens, tel. +30 2105 239 402
- Social Kitchen “THE OTHER MAN” Plataea 55 and Paramythia, PC 10435, Kerameikos, Tel. +30 694 088 2355
- Hatzikyriakio Child Protection Foundation, Kleisova 18 Piraeus tel. +30 210 4515387
- Ark of the World, Zinodorou 3 & Kallikles, 10442 Athens, Tel. +30 210 5141935
- Lyreio Children Foundation & Nursing Home “Anargyri” “ORTHODOX VILLAGE” Hamlet New Voutzas (Entrance A), 27th km. Avenue. Marathon, Mati, GR-19009, Tel. 79 240 22940
- Lyreio Children Foundation & Nursing Home “Anargyri” “ORTHODOX VILLAGE” Hamlet New Voutzas (Entrance A), 27th km. Avenue. Marathon, Mati, GR-19009, Tel. +30 79 240 22940
- Arsis: Social Support of Youth, House of Refugees, Syggrou Av. 352, GR 17674, Kallithea Tel. +30 210 9416210
- The Onesimus (Friends of Prisoners) Asclepius 60 A & Sergius Patriarch 8 Postcode 11471 tel +30 210 3622017
- Children Villages SOS, Gutenberg 4 Postcode 16346, Ilioupoli, tel. +30 210 3313661
- NGOs Praksis, Stournari 57 Athens 10432, +30 210 520 5200
- NGOs Theophilus, Papaflessa 9 Galatsi, tel. +30 210 8819397
- Melissa: Migrant Women Network in Greece, Feron 18 Pl. Victorias, ZIP 10443
- Solidarity Piraeus & Pampeiraiki Initiative Support for Refugees and Immigrants, Evripidou 49, TK 18532, Piraeus, tel. +30 6906 408 586
- Caritas Refugee project, Kapodistriou 52, TK 10432, Athens Tel. +30 2105246637
The above contacts are copied from (automatically translated) website of the company. If you can provide more accurate information about these organisations, please put it in the comment field below this post.
As I returned home, I called the company central office to learn how could we add more volunteer groups to the list. Unfortunately, at +30 2104851100 there was a lady who adamantly stated “den mi lao agglika” and refused further communication. 🙂
So, using the contact form, I sent some questions and request for contact, but so far I got no response.
Anyway, it seems that if you have a small (up to 30 kG) pack of things for the refugees and you can deliver it to any place in Greece, the rest of the route can be covered this way.
Watch this post, as I will keep you updated whenever I learn more.