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Catholic Charities coordinating donations for hurricane victims

Provided by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lubbock

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lubbock announced it is receiving donations for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Beth Zarate, executive director of the local Catholic Charities office, has received information from Catholic Charities USA and other Catholic Charities affiliates in the New York and New Jersey areas that many families have lost homes, automobiles and all their possessions. Zarate said, "Victim families will need all the help they can get to rebuild their lives, their homes, and some semblance of normalcy."

Zarate said, "The size of the disaster is of unprecedented proportions. It will take contributions from those of us who are blessed not to be so affected by this catastrophic storm." Zarate said that Catholic Charities USA, the national affiliate, is coordinating all levels of Hurricane Sandy disaster relief. We wish to do our part within our West Texas area to assist those affected by "Sandy," Zarate said. Catholic Charities and CCUSA provide services to those most in need regardless of belief."

Presently, donations are being taken to assist families and individuals with shelter, food, and other immediate and long-term needs. Bishop Plácido Rodriguez of the Diocese of Lubbock urged, "This call for donations is an appeal for compassion for the individuals and families impacted by all the flooding, fires, destruction, and even loss of life which has occurred in Sandy's wake. Your donation will help save lives, rebuild homes, and restore hope. Catholic Charities is a reliable vehicle to ensure that your generosity directly benefits the victims of this terrible hurricane."

Checks can be made out to Catholic Charities, Hurricane Sandy Victims' Fund, and mailed or dropped off at Catholic Charities, 102 Avenue J, Lubbock, Texas 79401. Zarate indicated that funds will be deposited in a separate bank account for this very special purpose.

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