The Diocese of Youngstown is calling upon Catholics and others of good will to support the efforts of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in addressing the recent natural disaster in Haiti.
CRS is sending teams to provide clean water, sanitation, shelter and emergency supplies in response to a major earthquake that struck southern Haiti on Saturday, August 14, 2021. While the severity of the damage is still being determined, and communications are down in parts of the country, over 1,200 deaths have already been reported as well as extensive damage to buildings and homes.
Area hospitals have been overwhelmed by the disaster, pushing them to capacity and forcing them to turn away people in need. Meanwhile, many roads are impassable due to landslides and cracked pavement.
CRS field staff are identifying critical needs and coordinating the delivery of life-saving supplies. Based on past CRS disaster relief efforts, tarps, blankets, medical equipment, food, and other emergency supplies will be critical over the next several weeks.
The recent earthquake comes on the heels of back-to-back crises, including an ongoing battle with COVID-19, political and economic instability, increasing hunger and gang violence.
Ways to Give:
Donate by Phone
Call 877-435-7277 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern Time.
Donate by Mail
Mail your check or money order directly to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090,
Baltimore, MD 21297-0303
Haiti-Catholic Relief Services
Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. The agency alleviates suffering and provides assistance to people in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding. For more information, visit www.crs.org or www.crsespanol.org