(Palm Beach Gardens, FL) November 9, 2012 – The Diocese of Palm Beach will have a special collection next weekend on Nov. 17 & Nov. 18 to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The money will be directed to Catholic Charities USA to help those in the Northeast and to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to help those affected in countries outside of the United States.
Catholic Charities USA and local Catholic Charities offices in the affected dioceses are already on the scene providing assistance. CRS is doing the same in the countries outside of the USA. Our special collection will be distributed to those two organizations so that their work might continue.
In addition, Catholic Charities of the DPB is sending a disaster relief team to assist in dioceses in New Jersey and Delaware. The team will supplement efforts made by FEMA and the Red Cross, and work side by side with the local Catholic Charities to provide much-needed relief. This is through a collaboration of Catholic Charities throughout Florida and the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach encompasses the five counties of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee. Comprised of 280,000 Catholics in 53 parishes and missions, the Diocese also serves the faithful community through its 21 schools, which include 14 Catholic Elementary schools, three high schools, two private elementary schools, and two preschools.