October 7, 2005

Hurricane victims still need help

All donated funds will go directly to the relief of the victims of Hurricane Katrina in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and the affected parts of the United States.

Monetary donations should be sent directly to the Mission Office, P.O. Box 1410, Indianapolis, IN 46206. Checks should be made payable to the Archdiocese of Indianapolis with “Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund” on the memo line of your check.

If you would like your monetary donation to serve those evacuees who need assistance from the Crisis Office in Indianapolis, make your check payable to Catholic Charities Indianapolis, and write “Hurricane Katrina evacuees” on the memo line.

Among the needs for donated items right now are diapers, wipes, baby formula, dishes, laundry detergent and other general household cleaning items.

To help coordinate the delivery of donations, call 317-236-1500 or 800-382-9836, ext. 1500, before coming to the Xavier Building adjacent to the Archbishop O’Meara Catholic Center so Catholic Charities staff members can make sure a volunteer is present to accept and sort donations. Catholic Charities does not have the capacity to pick up donations or deliver donations outside the archdiocese.

Generally, donations can be accepted between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. Call first to ensure that a volunteer will be present.

Outside Indianapolis, food and clothing donations can be delivered to Terre Haute Catholic Charities at 1356 Locust St. in Terre Haute. To contact them directly, call 812-235-3424.

If you wish to volunteer, call 317-236-1500 or 800-382-9836, ext. 1500. If you have questions about current relief efforts, call 317-236-1536.

If at all possible, Hurricane Katrina evacuees who need assistance are encouraged to visit the Crisis Office in the Xavier Building at 1435 N. Illinois St. on Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon or from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

If evacuees need to visit another time, call 317-236-1500. For more information about how to help the hurricane victims, log on to www.CatholicCharitiesIndy.org or www.archindy.org and click on the hurricane relief site. †


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