Relief Efforts Expand in the Diocese to Help Haiti and Caribbean Islands

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Relief Efforts Expand in the Diocese of Palm Beach as the Catholic Community Continues

to Help Haiti and Caribbean Islands

 

The Diocese of Palm Beach now has ten relief efforts underway to help those in Haiti, Cuba and the Caribbean Islands who were affected by Hurricane Matthew. Those taking collections include five different Catholic schools, parishes, two missions, a retreat center and lay ministries located within the Catholic diocese. The public and community at-large are invited to help in the collection of donated items.

 

The list of places to make monetary donations or to drop off supplies is on the diocese’s website. The information includes locations, type of donations accepted and the time periods that donations will be accepted. The information can be found at www.diocesepb.org The diocese will continue to update its website with the latest information.

 

The following is the list of donation sites and relief efforts currently underway in the five counties of the Catholic diocese.

 

Donation Sites for Hurricane Matthew Relief Efforts

(Location list as of 10/21/2016)

1. Location: Cardinal Newman Catholic High School in West Palm Beach

Relief Effort: Bahamas and Haiti

Type of Donations: Monetary donations will be directed to Haiti. Donated medical supplies and baby items will be sent to the Bahamas. Donations will be accepted through Friday October 28.

How to Donate: Checks should be written to Cardinal Newman High School and mailed to: Cardinal Newman High School, 512 Spencer Drive, West Palm Beach, Florida  33409. *Please write in the memo area of the check “For Haiti.” Cash donations and items may be dropped off weekdays at the school’s Central Office between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

More information: Telephone: 561-683-6266 extension 1027; Email: ann.frearson@cardinalnewman.com

About this Relief Effort: Students and staff are collecting the items. The public may donate to this effort.

 

2. Location: St. Jude Catholic School in Boca Raton

Relief Effort: Haiti

Type of Donations: Monetary donations and nonperishable food items. Suggested items are canned meats/fish/Spam, powdered/canned milk, vegetables, bagged rice and water. Donations will be accepted through Tuesday, November 1

How to Donate: Checks should be written to St. Jude School and mailed to: St. Jude School, 21689 Toledo Road, Boca Raton, Florida  33433. *Please write in the memo area of the check “For Haiti.” Check and cash donations and items may be dropped off weekdays at the school’s office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

More information: Telephone: 561-392-9160

About this Relief Effort: Students and staff are collecting the items. The public may donate to this effort. Monetary donations will be given to CRS. Nonperishable food items will be donated to Food for the Poor which will deliver the items to Haiti. Also every Monday through November 1st the staff and students will bring in a $2.00 donation for Make a Difference Monday. All monies will be directed to CRS.

 

3. Location: All Saints Catholic School in Jupiter

Relief Effort: Bahamas and Haiti

Type of Donations: Basic-need supplies. Suggested items are new & gently used clothes, water, diapers, feminine products, medical supplies, flashlights, batteries, tarps, hammers, nails and blankets. Items collected the week of Oct. 10th will be directed to the Bahamas and items collected the week of Oct. 17 will be directed to Haiti.  Donations will be accepted through Thursday, Oct. 20.

How to Donate: Items may be dropped off from 7 a.m. – 7:50 a.m. at the school’s gymnasium located on the north side of the school property.

More information: Telephone: 561-748-8994

About this Relief Effort: Students and staff are collecting the items. The collection is headed by the school’s middle school students. The public may donate to this effort. The school is working with three priests in the diocese: Reverend Eli St. Forte, Pastor of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Lantana, Reverend Andre Dumarsais Pierre-Louis, Parochial Vicar at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Port St. Lucie, and Reverend Yves Geffrard of Notre Dame Catholic Mission in Ft. Pierce, to coordinate shipping the items to Haiti. The priests have relatives or ministry contacts in that country. A parent whose child attends the school is organizing a group of boats to deliver the supplies to the Bahamas.

 

4. Location: Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Okeechobee and We Care to Share Chantal

        Relief Effort: Haiti

Type of Donations: Monetary donations are the immediate need so roofs can be repaired and supplies purchased. The Church is also accepting donated items that will be taken to Haiti in the coming weeks. Suggested items are over-the-counter medicines, blankets, clothing, toiletries, new and gently-used clothing and shoes which may be dropped off at the Church in Okeechobee.

How to Donate: Checks should be written to Sacred Heart Church and mailed to: Sacred Heart Church, P.O. Box 716, Okeechobee, Florida  34973. *Please write in the memo area of the check “For Haiti.” Cash donations and items may be dropped off at the Church office weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or during Mass times.

More information: Telephone: 863-763-3727; Email: sacredheart901@outlook.com; Website: https://chantalhaitimission.wordpress.com/about-us/

About this Ministry: This is a nonprofit organization sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and Reverend Yves Francois, Pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Okeechobee. Coordinated by Fr. Francois and the Catholic Church in Haiti, this volunteer group supports and routinely does mission trips, including medical, to Chantal, Haiti, a rural town 250 miles outside of Port Au Prince. Chantal is also the town where Fr. Yves was born. This group also helped Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

 

5. Location: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Mission in Delray Beach and the Fraternite des Amis de Jesus

Relief Effort: Haiti

Type of Donations: Monetary donations and nonperishable items. Suggested items are nonperishable/nonexpired food, shoes and new or gently-used clothing and shoes. Donations will be sent via a shipping container to the local mission’s ministry partner located on the south side of the island, the area hardest hit in Haiti.

How to Donate: Checks should be written to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission and mailed to: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission, 510 S.W. 8Th Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida  33444-2448. *Please write in the memo area of the check “For Haiti.” Cash donations and items may be dropped off at the Church office or during Mass times.

More Information: Telephone: 561-276-4880

About this Ministry: The mission in Delray Beach has an established partnership and routinely provides support to Fraternite des Amis de Jesus, a ministry in Haiti. The ministry’s youth group will take donations to people in need in the countryside and affected areas. The partners worked together to provide similar aid when the earthquake struck Haiti in 2010.

 

6. Location: St. Luke Catholic Church and School in Palm Springs

Relief Effort: Haiti

Types of Donations: Nonperishable food items and supplies. Suggested items are paper products like paper plates, cups, utensils,  napkins/papertowels, toilet paper/kleenex, baby supplies like diapers, wipes, formula; Hygiene products; flashlights, batteries, tarps and tools.

How to Donate: Items may be dropped off Monday through Friday at the school or parish office or at weekend Masses. A special drop-off day will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22 at a storage unit St. Luke rented to gather supplies. Volunteers will be on had to take donations from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Extra Space Storage in West Palm Beach which is located at 901 South Congress Avenue. Those who wish to donate after 10/23 should call the parish office to get drop-off weekly hours.

More Information: Parish Office: 561-965-8980 ext. 212

 

About this Ministry: Students and staff of the school, students of the St. Luke Church's Religious Education and Youth Ministry Programs are collecting items. The public may donate to this effort. St. Luke's Church and School are working with a parishioner who works with the The Help Bainet Foundation in Haiti. For more information, visit www.helpbainet.org

 

7. Location: Our Lady of Florida Spiritual Center in North Palm Beach and St. Luke Foundation

Relief Effort: Haiti

Type of Donations: Monetary donations which will be used to purchase supplies in Haiti such as seed, fishing nets, boats, and tarps (so that the people can get out of the sun) and much more.

How to Donate: Online donations may be made on the center’s website at www.ourladyofflorida.org Once on the page, click on a headline about Fr. Rick and Fr. Enzo under the “Latest News” section to make a donation to the St. Luke Foundation in Haiti. Checks should be written to Our Lady of Florida Spiritual Center and mailed to: Our Lady of Florida Spiritual Center, 1300 U.S. Highway 1, North Palm Beach, Florida  33408. *Please write in the memo area of the check “For Haiti.” Cash donations and checks may be dropped off at the center’s office weekdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (the office is closed for lunch 12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.).

More Information: Telephone: 561-626-1300

About this Ministry: The St. Luke Foundation is a Haitian run organization and mission that provides education, medical care and dignified humanitarian outreach to the least served populations of Haiti. It was started in 2001 by a Passionist priest named Father Rick Frechette who is an American priest and doctor. Our Lady of Florida Spiritual Center is a monastery and retreat house belonging to the Congregation of the Passion (C.P.), a religious congregation of the Catholic Church.

 

8. Location: Notre Dame Catholic Mission in Ft. Pierce

Relief Effort: Haiti

Type of Donations: Monetary donations, nonperishable and basic-need supplies. Suggested items are bottled water, dry and canned food goods (beans, rice, spaghetti, etc.), flashlights, batteries, generators, basic First Aid Kits, toiletries, new & gently used clothes, and building supplies.

How to Donate: Items may be dropped off at the mission’s office on Mondays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Tuesday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., and during weekend Masses.

More information: Telephone: 772-466-9617

About this Relief Effort: This Catholic mission conducts supplies and donations for Haiti throughout the year. Reverend Yves Geffrard of the Notre Dame Catholic Mission plans to coordinate the shipping of items to Haiti through his already established partnerships with ministries in that country.

 

 

9. Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

         Relief Effort: Caribbean Countries

Types of Donations: Monetary donations. Donations may be made online, by phone and by mail. Donate Online: www.crs.org *Please write “Caribbean Hurricane” in the Special Request box; Donate by Mail: Mail checks or money orders to: CRS, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD  21297-0303 *Please write “Caribbean Hurricane” on the memo line; Donate by Phone: Call 877-HelpCRS (877-435-7277) to make a credit card donation over the phone.

About this Ministry: CRS is the official international humanitarian agency and overseas relief and development agency of the Catholic community in the United States. Even before Hurricane Matthew struck, CRS and its local partners already were prepositioned with emergency materials nearby. Still the needs are great and CRS is helping some of the most affected areas in southern Haiti, distributing blankets, hygiene kits and other emergency supplies and food. CRS is also monitoring the potential outbreaks of cholera and other diseases.

 

The Diocese of Palm Beach’s school in Stuart, St. Joseph Catholic School, is also assisting in relief efforts in the Bahamas but is not a public donation drop-off site. Instead the school community is collecting items this week from students and staff to support the larger relief effort organized by the Stuart Jet Center and Blue Marlin Cove Resort & Marina. St. Joseph’s relief effort is organized by a family whose child attends the school. For those wishing to donate, St. Joseph’s encourages the public to donate directly at the Main Donation Hub of the Stuart Jet Center, 2501 SE Aviation Way, Stuart, Florida  34996. For more information, call the center at 772-288-6700 or follow the Facebook page of Blue Marlin Cove Resort & Marina.

 

Additionally, within the next few weeks Catholic Churches in the diocese will have a special collection at weekend Masses to support the relief efforts of Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Some parishes have already held their special collection. CRS is the official international humanitarian agency and overseas relief and development agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS has committed to an initial $5 million in aid to help the islands. The diocese has also posted information on how to donate online or directly to CRS.

 

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 schools.

 

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