Early Saturday morning, September 7th, Catholic Charities staff were at the Port of Palm Beach in Riviera Beach welcoming and greeting 1,100 Bahamian evacuees. Staff members distributed Catholic Charities brochures to those who may need services. Those services include: pregnancy care; counseling; basic needs (food); and others. At this time, Catholic Charities is working with partners such as the Emergency Operations Center, American Red Cross, United Way of Palm Beach County, and the County Division of Human Services to meet the needs of the evacuees to our area.
Catholic Charities continues to accept in-kind donations for the Bahamas (see below).
During the Counseling Program's Annual 5K Glow Run at Mirasol Park on Saturday night, Catholic Charities partnered with Cod and Capers Seafood in North Palm Beach. The ever-generous Cod and Capers Family brought out their truck to collect donations to be shipped to the areas most in need.
Please read below for ways YOU can help ...
1. DIAPERS & WIPES DRIVE
To assist in the immediate relief efforts, Catholic Charities is accepting donations of diapers and wipes at the following locations from September 9 - 30:
Catholic Charities St. Francis Center
100 W. 20th Street
Riviera Beach, FL 33404
Catholic Charities St. Joseph Center
1300 SE 10th Street
Stuart, FL 34995
Locations are open for drop off Monday-Friday from 9:30a - 3:00p. Please call the Volunteer Outreach Office at 561-360-3326 with any questions.
2. MAKE A MONETARY DONATION
If you would like to donate financially toward the LOCAL efforts to assist the Bahamian Evacuees please click on DONATE link below or mail a check to:
Catholic Charities Diocese of Palm Beach
9995 N. Military Trail
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Questions please call 561-775-9567
If you would like to donate towards the relief, recovery and rebuild efforts please click on the link below to the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) page or mail a check to CRS at PO Box 17090, Baltimore, Maryland 21297-0303. CRS is working to assess immediate needs and your donation will help provide food, emergency shelter, and safe water for the survivors.
(Photo credit: AP PHOTO/Ramon Espinosa)
3. DONATE SUPPLIES
If you have other unused hurricane supplies or would like to purchase items to donate to the survivors, please find a list of needed items and drop-off locations below.
God bless you for helping us to assist those in need.