DELTONA, FL- Victims of last week's tornados in Floridanow have HOPE.
HOPE, which stands for Help Our People Eat, is an emergency response vehicle owned by the Society of St.
ST. LOUIS, MO- Over the past six months, the National Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) has been in constant contact with the local Councils most affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma and has received regular, detailed reports from the ones that remain in operation. Particularly impacted by the hurricane survivors have been the Councils in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Atlanta-- as well as Councils in the farthest reaches of the country, such as Los Angeles, Phoenix, Detroit, and New York.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of the United States has received approval for a major in-kind grant of new furniture, clothing, and household goods for Katrina victims in need of basic survival assistance. The Society's Councils in Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, and Baton Rouge will receive goods valued at more than $2,880,000 as a donation from the people of Saudi Arabia for subsequent distribution to the thousands of families, victims of Hurricane Katrina, who have applied to the Society for help.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul did not "go in" to aid hurricane victims. It was already there.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has served the needy of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast for more than 150 years. Along with its unique person-to-person approach to charity, that long-term presence allowed the Society to do a phenomenal job of meeting the needs of hurricane victims.
Reported by Peter Lemieux
Colachel, India - The scene at Sugantham Marriage hall this week could not be less festive. No revelers in sight, the crowd of several hundred has gathered in this makeshift tsunami relief camp, like so many dotting the South Indian coastline, in an attempt to piece their shattered lives back together.