Donations in diocese for Haiti exceed $350,000

Staff report


The Diocese of Youngstown reported that as of March 1, churches and area residents have contributed more than $350,000 to be used for short-term relief and long-term development in Haiti.

Brian R. Corbin, diocesan director of Catholic Relief Services, said $314,619 has been sent to Catholic Relief Services, the official overseas relief and development agency of the United States Catholic Bishops.

“This money will be used to assist Catholic Relief Services in its ongoing work with Caritas Haiti to provide short-term shelter, food relief and health care. Much more work still needs to be done to find housing solutions before the hurricane season begins,” he said.

“Plans are being made for long-term reconstruction projects to help rebuild communities. We want to thank all those who have donated for their incredible generosity,” Corbin said.

He also noted that Catholic Relief Services and the U.S. Catholic Bishops are working to secure the cancellation of Haiti’s outstanding debt and to secure new grants from lending institutions, improve trade preferences for Haiti and expand temporary protected status for Haitians in the U.S. beyond the 18 months offered by the U.S. government.

Corbin said St. Michael Church in Canfield has maintained a long- term relationship with an orphanage in Haiti through the organization, Food for the Poor.

That parish has collected an additional $52,736.74 for Haiti with $12,000 of that amount supporting the “Little Children of Jesus Orphanage” in Santo, Haiti.

The diocese also is accepting monetary donations to help Catholic Relief Services work with Caritas Chile to respond to the needs of the victims of the Feb. 27 massive earthquake in Chile.

To donate to either the Haiti or Chile Earthquake Relief Fund, checks may be made payable to either Catholic Relief Services – Haiti Fund or Catholic Relief Services – Chile Fund, and mailed to Catholic Relief Services, Diocese of Youngstown,144 W. Wood St., Youngstown, OH 44503. Donations may also be made online at”

For more information, contact Corbin at (330) 744-8451, ext. 320.

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