Catholic Charities Hurricane Relief

Catholic Charities-Tyler is accepting monetary donations for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The agency also is accepting pre-paid MasterCard or Visa gift cards.

Donations will be forwarded to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to assist with disaster recovery there.

Donations can be made online at ccetx.org or can be mailed to PO Box 2016, Tyler, TX  75710.

Catholic Charities USA will send its mobile response center as soon as conditions permit, said Kathy Shieldes Harry, executive director of Catholic Charities-Tyler, and all the Catholic Charities agencies in Texas will be offering other support once specific needs are known.

“In the midst of a natural disaster like hurricane Harvey and its aftermath we are reminded of the things that are most important, the safety of the people of God and care for each other as brothers and sisters,” said Bishop Joseph E. Strickland. “Even as so many are dealing with dire circumstances that threaten their lives and their homes, it is a blessing to see united efforts like those of Catholic Charities and other organizations expressing the best of the loving spirit God has created in us.

“We owe a special note of thanks to all the first responders and volunteers working tirelessly to help others,” Bishop Strickland said. “Let us continue to pray and support our brother and sisters in harm’s way in every way we can. God bless the great state of Texas.”

Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas Gulf Coast late Friday night-early Saturday morning, causing catastrophic damage across South and Central Texas.

Now a tropical storm, Harvey is still causing unprecedented flooding, dumping rain that is being measured in feet rather than inches. Federal disaster declarations indicate that, so far the storm has affected about 6.8 million people, according to the Associated Press. More than 82,000 homes in the Houston area alone were reported to be without power.

Tornadoes spawned by the storm also are causing damage throughout the region.

“Please join me and pray for all of those affected by the storm and in need of assistance during this natural disaster,” Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston asked in a statement issued Aug. 26. “In addition, I ask the faithful to also keep the emergency response personnel and volunteers in your prayers. For those residing in our Archdiocese, in Texas and along the Gulf Coast, be safe and may God have mercy on those affected by Hurricane Harvey.”

Gov. Greg Abbott said Sunday that more than 3,000 national and state guard troops had been deployed to assist with relief efforts. Another 1,000 National Guard members will be sent to Houston on Monday, he announced late Sunday.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said federal agencies have more than 5,000 employees working in Texas, and the White House said President Donald J. Trump plans to visit parts of Texas on Tuesday.

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