Catholic Charities of Central Florida Assists with Local Disaster Recovery

While the impact of Hurricane Matthew in Florida was less than predicted, heavy wind and rain caused severe damage, especially for residents of the coast, many of whom lost electricity for several days. Catholic Charities of Central Florida was prepared to step in and offer assistance immediately after the storm’s passing.

“We have met with a number of displaced individuals to begin sorting out next steps,” said Catholic Charities executive director Gary Tester. “We have assisted with financial needs and food and we are preparing to begin disaster case management to assist people seeking FEMA assistance in both Brevard and Volusia counties.”

Additionally, Catholic Charities is identifying unserved areas to determine their needs and supply food and water to people still dealing with the storm’s effects. The faithful can assist Catholic Charities in their relief efforts by donating gifts cards to Publix, Wal-Mart, Target, gas stations or grocery stores to help families in Brevard and Volusia counties purchase food, clothing, medications and other essentials compromised by damage from Hurricane Matthew. These “Cards for Caring can be delivered or dropped off to: Catholic Charities of Central Florida, Attn: Cards for Caring, 1819 N. Semoran Blvd., Orlando, FL 32807.

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