Catholic dioceses and charities are quickly organizing to help in the aftermath of a Category 4 hurricane that made landfall with winds of 130 miles per hour late on Aug. 25 into the Rockport, Texas area, northeast of Corpus Christi.
The hurricane, named Harvey, is said to be the strongest one to hit the United States in more than a decade and perhaps the strongest one to make landfall in Texas.
Catholic Charities USA, as well as the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Disaster Services, announced early on Aug. 26 that they’re mobilizing to help an as-yet-unknown number of persons affected by the hurricane.
The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops has a list of charities helping with the disaster listed on its website at https://txcatholic.org/harvey. “We will be sending in rapid-response teams to help our impacted St. Vincent de Paul councils and we are coordinating nationally with the following, said Elizabeth DiscoShearer, CEO of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul USA (https://www.svdpusa.org)
Knights of Columbus (http://www.kofc.org/en/), Knights of Malta ( https://www.orderofmalta.int/humanitarian-medical-works/disaster-relief-prevention/), Catholic Charities USA (https://catholiccharitiesusa.org)."