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Catholic Charities collects aid for storm victims in the Caribbean
Donations are also being accepted to aid the stateside victims in Texas and Louisiana.

''The devastation to Cuba is more than what we can imagine; for so many of us here in South Florida that have family on the island, we know personally how much they are hurting and we need to act now,'' the Rev. José Espino, archdiocesan liaison to Caritas Cuba, said in a statement.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami is working with Catholic Relief Services to send the monetary aid and material supplies to Caritas Cubana.

Archbishop John C. Favalora has approved a special collection to be taken up in all the churches and missions throughout the Archdiocese the weekend of Sept. 28.

Checks can be mailed and made out to Catholic Charities with the target country on the memo line and mailed to: Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Miami Storm Aid, 9401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores, FL 33138.

Donations can also be made online via a secure website by accessing and clicking on Donate Now.

In addition, the city of Miami is wrapping up its own effort to collect food and water as part of Operation: Hope for Haiti.

City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones and a delegation from the city will deliver the donated items to the hurricane-stricken island on Friday.

Residents may drop off donations at any city of Miami fire station.

(Miami Herald)

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