Catholic Charities USA Launches Text-to-Give as Hurricane Ida Reaches the Gulf Coast 

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church, has launched a text-to-give campaign to provide direct assistance to victims of Hurricane Ida through the response efforts of its member agencies in the hurricane’s path.

Donations will provide much-needed support to those impacted by the disaster, including shelter, food and other humanitarian aid. Catholic Charities USA will direct 100 percent of the funds raised to its member agencies with residents impacted by Hurricane Ida.

The Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph made landfall in Southeast Louisiana on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.  Catholic Charities disaster response teams have a long history of mobilizing quickly to meet the needs of victims of these traumatic events in the U.S. and its territories. This work begins with direct relief to meet immediate needs and continues, sometimes for many years, with long-term relief efforts that help individuals and families rebuild their lives through housing and home repairs, financial assistance and crisis counseling.

To donate, text HurrIda to 41444 or visit www.CatholicCharitiesUSA.org. To donate by phone, please call 1-800-919-9338.

**Attention Media: CCUSA spokespersons are available for interviews to share information gathered from agencies on the ground, including details on the disaster response and recovery process and how people can help.**

Catholic Charities Disaster Relief Efforts

Catholic Charities relief efforts begin with immediate needs of survivors. Efforts continue, sometimes for years, with long-term assistance that helps individuals and families rebuild their lives.

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MEDIA CONTACT

Patricia Cole, VP Communications
pcole@catholiccharitiesusa.org
703-236-6218

ABOUT CATHOLIC CHARITIES

A member of Caritas Internationalis, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is the national office for Catholic Charities agencies nationwide. Catholic Charities USA’s members provide help and create hope to more than 15 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds. To learn more about CCUSA, please visit our website at www.catholiccharitiesusa.org.