Churches in Maine announce ways to send aid to Philippines

Posted Nov. 13, 2013, at 6:46 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 14, 2013, at 7:28 a.m.
Debris litters a damaged airport Saturday after Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines on Friday. Possibly the strongest typhoon ever to hit land devastated the central Philippine city of Tacloban, killing at least 100 people, turning houses into rubble and leveling the airport in a surge of floodwater and high wind, officials said Saturday. The toll of death and damage from Typhoon Haiyan is expected to rise sharply as rescue workers and soldiers reach areas cut off by the massive, fast-moving storm, which weakened to a category 4 storm on Saturday.
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Debris litters a damaged airport Saturday after Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines on Friday. Possibly the strongest typhoon ever to hit land devastated the central Philippine city of Tacloban, killing at least 100 people, turning houses into rubble and leveling the airport in a surge of floodwater and high wind, officials said Saturday. The toll of death and damage from Typhoon Haiyan is expected to rise sharply as rescue workers and soldiers reach areas cut off by the massive, fast-moving storm, which weakened to a category 4 storm on Saturday.

PORTLAND, Maine — Denominations in Maine on Thursday announced ways Maine residents may donate to church-related efforts to bring relief and humanitarian aid to victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland will hold a special collection Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, the weekend after Thanksgiving, to assist in those efforts, Bishop Richard J. Malone, Apostolic Administrator, announced Wednesday in a press release. In addition, at all Masses this weekend, special intentions for the typhoon victims, their families and the relief efforts will be offered.

Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency representing the Catholic Church in the United States for charity outside U.S. borders, will use proceeds to provide immediate necessities such as water, food, shelter and medical care, as well as longer-term recovery assistance, including the reconstruction of damaged or destroyed buildings, the press release said. Catholic Relief Services anticipate carrying out an emergency relief and recovery effort in the amount of at least $20 million.

To donate to Catholic Relief Services, visit http://crs.org/ or call 877-435-7277. To donate by mail, send a check or money order to: Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21297-0303.

The Rev. Dr. William M. Barter, executive director of the Maine Council of Churches, released a statement Wednesday on the typhoon along with links to the relief effort of denominations that are members of the council. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland belongs to the council.

“The Maine Council of Churches grieves at the loss of life and livelihood in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan,” Barter said. “People in the Philippines are in need of our prayers and loving support. We urge all people to exercise kindness of conscience and generosity of spirit at this time.”

Links provided by the MCC included the: Episcopal of the U.S., www.episcopalrelief.org/; United Church of Christ, www.ucc.org/disaster; Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, www.LWR.org; United Methodist Church, www.UMCOR.org; Unitarian Universalist Association, www.uua.org; Presbyterian Church USA, www.PCUSA.org.

Maine residents also may donate to the American Red Cross through the Maine Chapter’s website at http://www.redcross.org/me.

CORRECTION:

A previous version of this story requires correction. The special collection will happen the weekend after Thanksgiving, not this coming weekend as previously stated.

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