Karin’s Florist to Host Inaugural Vienna Virginia Loukoumi Good Deed Bus

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Loukoumi Foundation Unites 130,000 children worldwide

Karin’s Florist and The Loukoumi Make A Difference Foundation are giving area residents three reasons to make a difference, October 20-21, and all month long.

On October 21, the legendary florist is hosting the Loukoumi Foundation’s inaugural Loukoumi Good Deed Bus in the Virginia/DC area. For over a decade, the Loukoumi Good Deed Buses have traveled cities around the world, where children and their families board a school bus, making several stops throughout the day, doing good deeds at each.

The Loukoumi Foundation is a non-profit organization, inspired by the 9 book children’s book series by author Nick Katsoris, about the character “Loukoumi,” who gets her name from the eponymous candy, and who just wants to make the world a better place. The award-winning book series narrated by Jennifer Aniston, Gloria Gaynor, Morgan Freeman and Bob Costas, to name a few, launched the Foundation of the same name over a decade ago, after its Founder, Katsoris, received a National Make A Difference Award from USA Weekend/Tegna and Points of Light. Following the ceremony, which took place in Washington DC, Katsoris was so inspired, that on the train ride back to his home in New York, he decided to form The Loukoumi Foundation, which now unites over 130,000 children in 30 countries worldwide to make a difference for causes that they are passionate about.

The Vienna Virginia Good Deed Bus will start at 9am at Karin’s Florist with a floral arranging class for kids as they make arrangements that will be delivered at the bus’ third stop to The Sunrise assisted living facility later in the day. The second stop will be at the Wolf Trap National Park For The Performing Arts for an exciting tour, and where children will learn about making a difference through the arts.  

Bus riders will also make cards for patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where the Loukoumi Foundation sponsors a treatment room supported by kids’ $1 donations (over $105,000 has been raised to date www.fundraising.stjude.org/Loukoumi), and they will write Never Forget Letters for families who lost loved ones on 9-11, which will be presented to families the following week in New York City at a ceremony at the World Trade Center Memorial site and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine.

“It has always been important to Karin’s Florist to give back,” said Karin’s Florist President and Loukoumi Foundation Board Member Maria Angolia, “and I am thrilled to be hosting these events for the children of our community.”

“We are so excited to bring the mission of the Loukoumi Foundation to Vienna, Virginia,” said Loukoumi Foundation President Nick Katsoris, “as we encourage children to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.  Through this program, not only do the recipients of the good deeds benefit, but these projects also benefit the children, as doers of the good deeds, with increased self-esteem, improved mental health, giving them a sense of purpose and an overall feeling of happiness as they help others.  We sincerely thank Maris Angolia, Karin’s Florist and everyone along our Good Deed bus route for helping us make a difference!”

To register for the Good Deed Bus click here: https://forms.gle/prfc9qAzSDwihnrt5

The festivities at Karin’s Florist will actually commence on Friday evening, October 20

as Karin’s Florist President, Maria Angolia, will host a wine tasting and adult floral arranging class with a portion of the proceeds benefiting The Loukoumi Foundation.  Karin’s Florist has also designated this month’s featured arrangement the “Make a Difference Bouquet,” also with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Loukoumi Foundation. The beautiful sunflower arrangement can be delivered anywhere in the United States. 

All the foregoing activities are part of Make A Difference With Loukoumi Month, which started earlier this month with the formation of the Loukoumi Foundation International Good Deed Council of Schools uniting schools in India, Tanzania, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Puerto Rico, Newfoundland Canada, Los Angeles, New York and cities around the world to embark on global good deed projects together.

For more on Karin’s Florist, please visit: www.karinsflorist.com

For more on the Loukoumi Make A Difference Foundation, please visit: www.LoukoumiFoundation.org

For additional information on any of the events October 20-21 hosted by Karin’s Florist, please email us at info@loukoumifoundation.org or call 703-281-4141.