Catholic Charities raising disaster relief funds for Japan from all counties of Albany Diocese

ALBANY DIOCESE, N.Y. - In light of the terrible events that have recently struck the people of Japan, Catholic Charities of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany is, once again, taking an active role in raising disaster relief funds.

Catholic Charities is working with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic Church, in responding to the disaster in Japan by supporting Caritas Japan, the social service arm of the Catholic Church in Japan.

Sister Charla Commins, interim CEO of Catholic Charities of the Albany Diocese, asks that parishioners in all 14 counties of the diocese to make their donations at the parish level with checks made out to the parish.

"In the memo portion of the check write: Japan emergency. The parish will then send one check to Catholic Charities with 100% of the donation going to CRS," she said.

All others who wish to support this relief effort are urged to send checks directly to Catholic Charities, 40 North Main Avenue, Albany, New York 12203. Also include in the memo portion of check the words, "Japan emergency."

In addition, all area residents may donate on-line via the Catholic Charities web site: www.ccrcda.org

CRS stands ready to assist Caritas Japan in this emergency. Sean Callahan, Executive Vice President of CRS Overseas Operations stated, "We will reach out to our Caritas partners to help them in any way we can." CRS will assist Caritas Japan with financial resources as well as with expertise if requested.

"Our faith calls for us to live our life in solidarity with the victims of this catastrophic disaster and Catholic Relief Services asks all to give their prayers and support to the Japanese people at this difficult time," said Mr. Callahan.

Similar recent efforts by Catholic Charities of the Albany Diocese raised millions of dollars in relief support related to the tsunami that struck Indonesia (2004), the hurricanes that devastated the Gulf Coast (2005), and the earthquake that destroyed much of Haiti (2010).

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