Catholic Charities of the DPB to Collect Needed Items for Victims of Hurricane Sandy

(Palm Beach Gardens, FL)  – Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach is collecting needed items for victims of Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast. Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Palm Beach is working with the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Charities of Trenton, New Jersey, to assist those in need. The donated items will be collected at select sites in four of the diocese’s five counties and will be shipped to New Jersey where they will be distributed and given to hurricane victims at Catholic Charities distribution sites.

The items are being collected from now until Tuesday, December 4. The following is a list of items Catholic Charities in New Jersey has stated is the most immediate needs of the hurricane victims:

List of Items Most in Need:

  • Nonperishable foods: peanut butter, canned beans, tuna, canned fruit, Goya foods, canned vegetables, canned meats, canned meals, cereals, energy bars, gallon size Ziploc bags, aluminum foil, paper plates, plastic forks and spoons, coffee and filters.
  • Paper towels, toilet paper, Tupperware type containers.
  • Baby supplies: diapers, baby wipes, baby food (no formula).
  • Cleaning supplies: bleach, laundry soap, Pine sol, antibacterial wipes
  • Toys (new)
  • Hygiene products: shampoo, soap, deodorant, shaving lotion and razors, hand sanitizers (large and small bottles) combs, brushes, tooth brushes and toothpaste.
  • Winter type gloves, work gloves, surgical gloves (non latex), winter hats, (woolen type caps).
  • Flashlights with batteries (LED preferred), First Aid kits, Reading glasses.
  • Gift cards, such as Wal-Mart, Target, phone cards for all carriers and fuel cards, or just VISA type gift cards.

 If possible, when donations are dropped off, Catholic Charities is asking that the items be sorted, placed in plastic bags and labeled to indicate the contents inside.

In addition to the list of Most Immediate Needs, Catholic Charities is collecting a few additional items that are considered long-range needs for hurricane victims. Those items are:

List of Items Long-Range Need:

  • Kitchen starter kits (new pots, pans, silverware etc) preferably boxed and labeled for families of 2-4 people
  • New, small appliances: microwave, toaster, coffee makers.

 Please note that the collection sites in the Diocese of Palm Beach will not accept any clothing. Organizers in New Jersey have stated that ample clothing donations are coming from other sources. 

The seven locations in the Diocese of Palm Beach which are drop-off sites are:

 

In addition to assisting in the collection of items, the Diocese of Palm Beach and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach are helping in the coordinated efforts in other ways. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach is planning to send a disaster relief team to assist dioceses in New Jersey. 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. 

And locally, Catholic Churches within the diocese of Palm Beach are scheduled to take a special collection during Masses this weekend – the weekend of November 17 and November 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. 100 percent of the funds collected will be given to the two charity organizations.

Catholic Charities provides programs and services to the needy and vulnerable in the community, without regard to religion.

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About the Diocese of Palm Beach

            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.

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