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ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO CONTRIBUTES $3,487,867.90
TO CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES AID FOR HAITI

Chicago, IL (July 21, 2010) – The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Catholic Relief Services announced today that parishes and individuals in Cook and Lake counties donated $3,487,867.90 for relief efforts in Haiti since the January 12 earthquake. 

This extraordinary generosity over the past six-months in response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Haiti is due to the dedication and commitment of parishioners and pastors throughout the Archdiocese.  More than 288 parishes and their pastors responded to Cardinal George’s request for a second collection for the people of Haiti.  Additionally, many pastors and Catholic schools worked directly with the Archdiocesan Catholic Relief Services Office to continue to gather generous support from their neighborhoods and communities.

The Archdiocese of Chicago’s donation for the people of Haiti accounts for nearly twelve-percent of the total $30 million collected by Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community.  Between mid-January and June, CRS has provided food to some 900,000 people, and is continuing to supply food regularly to approximately 100,000 children in over 270 schools and 100 orphanages and child-care centers. CRS provided emergency shelter and materials to more than 114,000 people, and water sanitation services benefiting tens of thousands.

Donations for Haiti continue to be requested.  Please send contributions to Catholic Relief Services, c/o Adrienne Curry, Cardinal Meyer Center, 3525 South Lake Park Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60653-1402.

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