Parishes Raise $1.3 Million for Haiti Relief

April 01, 2010

Parishioners in the 140 parishes of the Archdiocese of Washington have donated $1.3 million through their parishes to aid relief efforts in Haiti. The funds are going to Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the international humanitarian relief organization of the Catholic Church in the United States.

“The outpouring of support from the people of the Archdiocese of Washington has been astounding. This is one of the largest collections in archdiocesan history. The generosity reflects the deep love and concern our parishioners have for our neighbors in need,” said Auxiliary Bishop Barry C. Knestout, who also serves as vicar general for the archdiocese.

The Archdiocese of Washington has close connections with Haiti. At least a dozen parishes have “twinning” relationships with Haitian parishes or other Haitian ministries and three local parishes in suburban Maryland and Washington, DC offer Mass in Haitian Creole on a weekly or monthly basis.

The donations from the parishes, as well as additional donations made directly to CRS by residents and organizations in the DC metro area, are being used to support both emergency and long-term recovery assistance. To date, almost 800,000 Haitians have received food from CRS/Caritas, more than 80,000 have received temporary shelter and almost 50,000, medical help. The agency also is working on projects for long term stability, including infrastructure, social service and other efforts.

The $1.3 million Haitian Relief collection is the third largest in archdiocesan history. The only two larger collections were $1.33 million following the 2005 tsunami and $2.0 million for a 2006 natural disaster collection.

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