In 2011, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer set out to commit to a multi-year Compassionate Louisville campaign.
“Being a compassionate city is both the right thing and the necessary thing to do to ensure that we take care of all of our citizens,” Fischer said. “There’s a role for all of us in making sure no one is left behind or goes wanting.” (source)
This March, Louisville citizens have organized to share their compassion with refugees arriving in Athens, Greece, one of the 45 countries where the Jesuit Refugee Service works.
On March 8th, Louisville’s “Give a Day”, Mayor Fischer will announce an incredible opportunity for Louisville citizens to send needed items directly to refugees in dire need. A team of volunteers, including the Center for Interfaith Relations, Muslim Americans for Compassion, and UPS, have offered to send a planeload of clothing and toiletries to Athens, Greece, where JRS operates two shelters that welcome families with small children and provide education opportunities.
Fr. Thomas H. Smolich, JRS International Director, thanks the city of Louisville, “We are overwhelmed by your extraordinary and generous efforts to collect and ship clothing and other supplies in support of our mission “to accompany, serve, and defend the right of refugees and other displaced persons”. Your contribution encourages and strengthens our mission during a moment in history when JRS’ work could not be more needed.”
JRS/USA wants to extend a special thank you as well to the city of Louisville for organizing and managing this wonderful project demonstrating the true compassion its citizens.
Read more about the “Love from Louisville” initiative at their website lovefromlouisville.org