How you can help emergency response to Hurricane Matthew

A woman walks on a highway blocked by rocks Oct. 5 after Hurricane Matthew swept through Guantanamo province in Cuba. The powerful hurricane left serious damage at the eastern end of the island, with landslides, toppling electricity poles and cutting off roads by flooding. (CNS photo/Alexandre Meneghini, Reuters)

A woman walks on a highway blocked by rocks Oct. 5 after Hurricane Matthew swept through Guantanamo province in Cuba. The powerful hurricane left serious damage at the eastern end of the island, with landslides, toppling electricity poles and cutting off roads by flooding. (CNS photo/Alexandre Meneghini, Reuters)

With slow-moving Hurricane Matthew bearing down on the East Coast, aid organizations were responding to emergency needs from flooding, winds and landslides in Cuba and Haiti.

Meteorologists said 24-30 inches of rain had fallen in some regions of Haiti, with devastating winds affecting much of the central Caribbean region.

A man wades through floodwaters Oct. 4 in Fonds Parisiens, Haiti. (CNS photo/Orlando Barria, EPA)

A man wades through floodwaters Oct. 4 in Fonds Parisiens, Haiti. (CNS photo/Orlando Barria, EPA)

Donations are being sought to meet emergency and long-term responses to the storm.

Among those accepting cash donations are:

— Catholic Relief Services. Donations can be made online; via mail to P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, Maryland, 21297-0303 and indicate Hurricane Matthew in the memo; or call toll-free 877-435-7277 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern time.

— Catholic Medical Mission Board online.

— Malteser International, Order of Malta Worldwide Relief organization online.

Development and Peace/Caritas Canada online.

Salesian Missions online.

St. Boniface Haiti Foundation online.

Catholic News Service will list other agencies accepting donations for hurricane response as they are received.

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2 Responses to How you can help emergency response to Hurricane Matthew

  1. Andrew Jones says:

    I suggest adding the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation, a very well respected organization that operates a full-service hospital in Fond-des-Blancs on the southern peninsula. It offers health care to all people, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay. The staff is 98% Haitian, including the medical leadership team. SBHF has had a 4 star rating on Charity Navigator for ten consecutive years.

    They are mobilizing and prepared to accept huge numbers of patients who will be in need of care in the aftermath of the hurricane. Their website is haitihealth.org and donations can be made at haitihealth.org/hurricane. Thank you for getting the word out about how people can help!

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