RELIGION

Nov 18, 2013 3:38 PM by PRESS RELEASE

Special collection to aid typhoon victims Nov. 30 to Dec. 1

A special collection will be taken up in the churches of the Diocese of Lake Charles on the first weekend of Advent - Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 - to aid relief efforts for the many thousands of victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Bishop Glen John Provost, Bishop of Lake Charles, asks parishioners to be as generous as possible in helping those affected.

Collection funds from the Diocese of Lake Charles along with Catholic dioceses and archdiocese across the United States will support the efforts of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services (the official international humanitarian agency representing the Catholic Church in the United States) to aid in addressing emergency relief and recovery needs including immediate necessities such as water, food, shelter, and medical care. Collection funds will also support the long-term needs including rebuilding Church structures affected by the widespread destruction.

Typhoon Haiyan destroyed entire villages and devastated cities across the Philippines and Vietnam. As many as 10,000 people or more are believed to have died as a result of this super typhoon and more than nine million people have been adversely affected. The full extent of structural damage is still unknown.

Monetary contributions may also be sent directly to the Diocese of Lake Charles, P.O. Box 3223, Lake Charles, LA 70602-3223 with Aid to Typhoon Victims on the memo line. Checks should be made payable to the Diocese of Lake Charles. Donors with serviceable summer clothing and shoes who would like to make an in-kind contribution to typhoon victims should contact Dr. Anacleto and Evangeline Ordinario at jingvangy@aol.com for packaging and mailing instructions.

The devastating storm followed on the heels of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in the same region only a month ago. Many citizens of the Pacific Island country were already displaced and are now hurt even more. Local governments and church institutions are unable to manage the depth of this disaster on their own.

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