Do you want to reach out to those in need from Hurricane Florence’s devastation?
While we were spared the worst impact from Hurricane Florence in Raleigh, there are many people in our state who are less fortunate than we are. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh serves 54 counties in eastern and central North Carolina covering 32,000 square miles. There have been FEMA Disaster Declarations for 18 of the 54 counties. Catholic Charities has offices in Fayetteville, New Bern, and Wilmington – all areas where some of the worst flooding happened. Currently, Catholic Charities staff is focused on getting needed supplies to families in the impacted areas. Items they are distributing include non-perishable food and water, clean-up kits, hygiene items, and diapers and baby formula. As Catholic Charities moves from immediate relief efforts to long term recovery, its staff will work with families to help them move into safe and stable housing. Based on past experience, the Catholic Charities staff expect to be working with families for at least the next two years. See below for ways that you can donate to Catholic Charities. Your generosity is much appreciated this weekend and beyond.
Option 1: Second Collection
St. Francis of Assisi will have a second collection at all masses on September 29/30 that will go directly to the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh.
Option 2: Text-to-Give
St. Francis has also set up contributions to the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh through TEXT-TO-GIVE
(Follow these few steps)
1. From your smartphone screen, create a new message.
2. Click the To: field and enter the following phone number: 9196291199
3. Enter the dollar amount you want to donate.
4. Tap the link to complete your gift.
5. Register your credit/debit card
(You will only need to register once. Save this phone number as a contact in your phone to make future giving faster and easier.)
Option 3: Donate goods
Or you can donate money for specific needs of current hurricane victims, see current needs list:
Urgent Needs listing: https://needslist.co/ccraleigh?lid=331
Option 4: Volunteer Your Time
There are several faith-based organizations, including Catholic Charities, that are helping provide some relief efforts in eastern North Carolina. If you are interested in volunteering your time, please send an email to our staff contact Trevor Thompson, Director of Justice and Peace, firstname.lastname@example.org. While the needs will be evolving, currently, there are opportunities to muck out homes, clear debris, and help with the distribution of supplies to families.
Do you know someone who currently needs help?
Share the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh location sites: http://catholiccharitiesraleigh.org/locations/