Catholic charity helping victims of Typhoon Haiyan

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PORTLAND — More than $138,000 was collected at churches and schools throughout the Diocese of Portland on the weekend of Dec. 1 by Catholic Relief Services for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency representing the Catholic Church in the United States.

“Allow me to express my gratitude to the many people in our parish and school communities for their incredible generosity in helping to provide crucial relief and humanitarian aid to the millions of people facing a long road to recovery in the Philippines,” Bishop Richard J. Malone, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Portland, said.

“The true measure of a people’s character is how they respond in another’s moment of need. The charitable giving of the people of Maine once again rose to meet an enormous challenge affecting people we will never meet. Yours is the charity of Christ.”

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Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines in early November, where it killed more than 6,000 people, affected nearly 15 million people and damaged more than a million homes.

To date, Catholic Relief Services has distributed more than 44,000 specially designed tarpaulins for shelter, 34,000 nail kits to assist in shelter assembly, 34,000 hygiene kits and 27,000 water kits.

The agency is also employing workers in 14 communities with jobs that include removing debris from streets so that rebuilding can begin. Catholic Relief Services also provided immediate necessities such as water, food and medical care in the aftermath of the typhoon.

Interested parties looking to donate to the recovery efforts in the Philippines can donate online at http://portlanddiocese.org/help-the-victims-of-typhoon-haiyan. Donations can also be made by phone at 877-435-7277. To donate by mail, send a check or money order to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21297-0303.

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