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Catholic Charities collecting for Hurricane Ida relief

Donations also can be directed to aid earthquake victims in Haiti, needy in Cuba

MIAMI | Those wishing to help the people of Cuba and Haiti, as well as those affected by Hurricane Ida in Louisiana and Mississippi, can do so via the Catholic Charities website,

The home page of the website has been reworked to clearly show the different donation options and separate the designations.

  • Donations for Hurricane Ida relief will go toward filling immediate needs such as water, hygiene supplies, and food.
  • Donations for Haiti will go toward supporting relief efforts to communities impacted by the Aug. 14, 2021 earthquake.
  • Donations for Cuba will go toward providing assistance to Cubans impacted by the deterioration of the economy and social situation on the island.

Hurricane Ida slammed into south Louisiana Aug. 29, 2021, on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which caused devastating flooding in New Orleans when the levees failed. Ida entered at Port Fourchon as a high Category 4 hurricane. Initial news reports indicated heavy flooding in the LaPlace area north and west of the Port Fourchon, including reports of residents in one LaPlace neighborhood who had to retreat to their attics for safety.

Damage assessments still were being made, New Orleans Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond told Catholic News Service Aug. 30. He said he was trying to contact pastors and principals — and dealing with spotty cellphone service — in his attempt to determine the extent of the damage.

"We don't have an assessment at this point," said Archbishop Aymond, from his residence adjacent to Notre Dame Seminary. "It's going to take us a day at least to find out what's going on."

The archdiocese announced that all on-campus and virtual learning at its 74 elementary and high schools would be postponed until at least Sept. 6 and that archdiocesan and school leaders will spend the next week assessing damage and planning. 

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