Catholic Charities Cites Lack of Nationwide Donations for Oil Spill and Nashville Flood Victims

May 28, 2010

Human Need Similar to Katrina and Haiti, but Response Not Forthcoming to Date

ALEXANDRIA, VA (MetroCatholic) -  Catholic Charities USA, among the largest human services and disaster response organizations in the country, reported today that it is not seeing nationwide donations for the Gulf Coast oil spill and the Nashville floods at anywhere near the levels of Katrina, Haiti, American Samoa and numerous other natural disasters.

“While our local Catholic Charities’ agencies in New Orleans and Nashville are fully engaged and receiving strong local and institutional support (Catholic Charities of New Orleans received $1 million from British Petroleum), we are not seeing the generosity of individual Americans across-the-board,” said Rev. Larry Snyder, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA. “Frankly, Nashville’s flood devastation has been somewhat overshadowed by the oil spill, and the entire Gulf Coast situation has been more of a business story and technology remediation story than anything that truly portrays the human impact. The good hearts of our country have not been touched in a way to feel a need to contribute.”

Catholic Charities USA, the national office for the 170 different Catholic Charities agencies around the country and perhaps the most experienced and responsible disaster relief organization following its well-known Katrina work, normally receives donations directly which in turn are passed along to the agencies and areas in need. To date, it has only received two gifts totaling $520.00 for Gulf oil spill assistance and relief, and minimal donations designated to help Nashville.

“This is unusual-and in the oil spill case, it’s a much bigger problem than just New Orleans. That’s why we feel it’s important to let the public know that just because there are not as many immediate scenes of human physical suffering doesn’t mean there is any less need,” Fr. Snyder continued. “Economic impact is felt one human being at a time and overall the impact of these disasters could reach greater proportions than others.”

Donations can be made to 1-800-919-9338 and at http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/  and are critical at this time. Contributors, as witnessed with Katrina, know they can count on Catholic Charities to be fiscally responsible and to do the work and perform the services for which the gifts are intended.

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One Response to “Catholic Charities Cites Lack of Nationwide Donations for Oil Spill and Nashville Flood Victims”

  1. greg grafelman on May 28th, 2010 8:29 am

    The flood here in belle vue (nashville) affects mostly middle class white people so no one cares. If this area had been mostly ethnic like the other places mentioned in your article the press would have been all over it. Sad but true

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