St. Paraskevi GOYA Helps Make Christmas Brighter for Families in Need

December 15, 2021

GREENLAWN, NY – Decked out in their ugly Christmas sweaters, the GOYA members at St Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Shrine Church took the time during their annual Christmas party on December 14 to assist families in need from the greater Huntington, NY community.

For the past several years, St. Paraskevi has participated in the STAR Program, which is an outreach program of the Family Service League in Huntington Station, NY. The program assists families who have overcome hardships- such as living in shelters and devastating illness- to finally establish permanent homes of their own. Wish lists of these families are provided, stars with those wishes are placed in the windows at the church, and parishioners can choose which ones to fulfill. Yes, there are requests for toys and games but for the most part, these families are looking for things that most of us take for granted in our everyday life such as sheets, bath towels, sets of dishes, and winter coats, for example. St. Paraskevi parishioners look forward to participating each year and within days every single star is spoken for.

This year, St. Paraskevi collected over 200 gifts which will be distributed to many families. The GOYA members and their advisors did not hesitate when asked if they would assist with the sorting, labeling, and packing up of these gifts even though they knew it would take away some time from their Christmas celebration. These young adults have truly acted in the spirit of the season and know that this gesture is going to bring much joy to many families on Christmas morning!


After several years of renovations and pandemic restrictions, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew returned to the Monastery of Panagia Soumela in Trabzon, Turkey, on Monday, August 16, 2022, for the Feast Day of the Dormition of the Theotokos.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.