Local hurricane relief collections top $400,000

Special collections taken in September in the Diocese of St. Cloud to assist hurricane victims brought in just over $400,000 as of Oct. 31.

Parishioners in the diocese contributed $253,294 for Hurricane Harvey relief and $146,663 for Hurricane Irma, said Joseph Spaniol, the diocese’s finance officer.

Funds from both collections are still coming in, he said.

An additional $1,835 was designated for victims of Hurricane Maria, for a total of $401,792 collected.

The diocese plans to announce another special collection in the near future specifically for people impacted by Hurricane Maria and the recent earthquakes in Mexico.

Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Texas and Louisiana in late August, while Hurricane Irma caused heavy damage in September in the Caribbean and the southeastern region of the United States. Hurricane Maria followed, striking Puerto Rico and other parts of the Caribbean.

The funds collected so far are being used in the affected areas to support humanitarian aid, assistance with long-term efforts to restore communities after widespread destruction, and for the pastoral and reconstruction needs of the church in the U.S. and Caribbean, according to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Those wishing to donate to hurricane relief efforts at this time can drop a check into their parish’s collection basket or send it directly to the Chancery at P.O. Box 1248, St. Cloud, MN 56302. Please write “Hurricane Relief” on the memo line.

Also, local fundraising efforts are ongoing to assist victims of recent terrorist bombings in Somalia. Those interested may contribute to the GoFundMe page “Resilience and Recovery for Victims” at: https://www.gofundme.com/resilience-and-recovery-for-victims.

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