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2010-01-21 / General Stories

Donations Needed for Families in Haiti

The island nation of Haiti has been ravaged by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake resulting in many deaths and destruction of buildings.

“We extend our prayers and concerns to all those who have been so tragically impacted by this disaster,” said Cynthia Colbert, executive director of Catholic Charities of Central Texas. “We are encouraging donations to be made directly to Catholic Relief Service, the international response agency of the Roman Catholic Church, so that they can respond to this terrible disaster.”

Anyone wishing to make a donation through Catholic Charities of Central Texas can donate at www.ccctx.org but are encouraged to give directly to Catholic Relief Services that has already begun the recovery effort through its offices and workers in the small island nation.

Emergency briefings from Catholic Relief Services report an initial commitment of 5 million dollars for immediate use in the relief effort. Catholic Relief Services is geared up for major emergency response and is mobilizing food and deployment of pre-positioned emergency shelter and hygiene kits in Haiti, as well as bringing supplies in from the neighboring Dominican Republic.

How to Help:

Donate online: www.ccctx.org; By Mail: Catholic Charities of Central Texas c/o Haiti Earthquake 1817 East 6th Street Austin, Texas 78702

OR: By Mail: Catholic Relief Services c/o Haiti Earthquake, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, Maryland 21203-7090

Catholic Charities of Central Texas encourages support of Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

Catholic Charities of Central Texas - A Ministry of the Diocese of Austin - Established in 1962 and reorganized in 1999, Catholic Charities of Central Texas is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing family strengthening services that empower and promote self-sufficie ncy. Catholic Charities is committed to stewardship and accountability to supporters and the communities of Diocese of Austin.

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