Elaion is proud to announce that the third Pandora's Kharis donation run has raised $186,- for the democratically decided upon cause Coats For Kids Foundation. Once more, it is an astounding amount for a small but ever-expanding giving circle, and we are so proud of the generous spirit of the Hellenistic community.

PayPal takes its standard fees from the transactions--in this case about $10,-, which was covered by Elaion, making sure every cent of your donation went to the Foundation to buy coats for kids who are struggling in this winter weather. The average amount paid by the contributors was around $15,-, with donations coming in as high as $30,-.

Giving a child a new coat positively impacts that child’s self-esteem and self-worth. Coats For Kids believes that the impact on kids that receive coats from CFK is dramatic, as evidenced by heads held high, smiles, and fewer missed days of school because of illness. Most kids that receive a coat from CFK either have never had a winter coat or, at best, have had a hand-me-down from a parent, sibling, or clothing box.

On average, a new coat costs the Foundation fifteen dollars, meaning that together, we have been able to provide good, sturdy, warm coats to twelve kids who are in desperate need of them this winter.

As always, we encourage members who have given so generously to dedicate this gift to the Gods, especially the Kourotrophos; (mostly) female deities who watched over growing children--Gaea, Artemis, Hekate, Eirênê, Aglauros and Pandrosos, especially. A pre-made ritual can be found here, on the Elaion Facebook page.

From this moment on, the Pandora's Kharis Facebook page is open to pitches. If you do not have Facebook, feel free to pitch your cause in the comments. We will relay the message to the community.

On to another month of pitching, voting, and giving. Thank you for your generosity!