August 30, 2005

How to Help

Hurricane Katrina seems to be winding down now, but there can be no question that the people of New Orleans and other parts of the South are going to need a lot of help in Katrina's aftermath. Here's what you can do to help:

  • Our Catholic readers can donate to Catholic Charities' Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Fund. Monetary contributions only, please. Find out more here.

  • Our Non-Catholic Christian readers (or our Catholic readers) can donate to the Church World Service, the relief agency of the National Council of Churches. The Church World Service accepts monetary contributions for the U.S. Hurricane Response Fund, contributions to the Tools of Hope & Blanket Program, and contributions to the Gift of the Heart Kit Program. More information here.

  • Any of our readers can donate to the American Red Cross. Contributions for Hurricane Katrina should be directed to the Hurricane 2005 Relief Fund. Monetary contributions only, please. For more information, click here.

Let us also lift up the family and friends of Ed Deluzain, many of whom live in New Orleans, in our prayers today. And let us remember all of the people of New Orleans and the American South who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina, as well as those throughout the United States who will be affected by Katrina as she becomes a tropical storm and then a tropical depression. May God our Father take all of those who have lost their lives into his arms; may he comfort their families and friends; may he help all of those who have lost homes and other property; and may he strengthen and guide those who will be providing disaster relief. We ask this through Christ our Lord, in union with the prayers of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, St. Louis IX, and all the angels and saints. Amen.

Please Note: The information for the Church World Service and the American Red Cross has been updated. Both have now created funds specifically for hurricane relief. Instead of donating to the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund, donate to the Hurricane 2005 Relief Fund. For the Church World Service, monetary contributions should be directed to the U.S. Hurricane Response Fund. Any further updates will be posted to this entry.