Prayers for All in the Aftermath of Hurricane Florence

Arlington, VA – The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) offers prayers seeking God’s strength as the rebuilding process begins in the Catholic school communities and all communities touched by Hurricane Florence.

NCEA encourages Catholic school communities to keep open lines of communication with each other and the association for support during this time of uncertainty.

During times of upheaval, uncertainty and fear, prayer can be a great comfort. In the classroom, prayer has the power of unity. Students and teachers come together to fulfill Jesus’ command to pray. In the wake of Hurricane Florence and related flooding, NCEA offers some resources for prayers for healing for those affected and prayers of comfort for those who feel vulnerable.

Prayer in time of disaster

Prayer for those affected and those providing relief in time of disaster

Prayer to remember victims of natural disaster

Prayer for hurricane victims

As a reminder, Catholic Charities USA is the official relief agency of the Catholic Church. The Catholic Charities USA agencies serve on the front lines meeting the long-term recovery needs of disaster survivors.

The organization says it will forward all funds raised for Hurricane Florence to the local Catholic Charities agencies in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia to provide relief to affected communities.

Donors can:

  • Text CCUSADISASTER to 71777
  • Call 1-800-919-9338 to donate
  • Donate online through the Catholic Charities website

St. Bridget Catholic Church in Richmond, VA put together a list of other religious organizations looking for volunteers. The experienced organizations listed below are just a few of the groups ready to deploy volunteers while many others are still assessing their needs. Click on the links to register.

North Carolina Baptist Men / Baptists on Mission
NECHAMA – Jewish Response to Disaster
Samaritan’s Purse – New Bern, Jacksonville, and Wilmington

And still others include:

American Red Cross
Accepting donations for Hurricane Florence relief online and over telephone. Visit the Red Cross website to donate online or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) to donate over the phone.

In addition, Google is matching up to $1 million in donations to the American Red Cross to support Florence relief. Donations can be made through Google.org to take advantage of the matching.

Americares
Accepting monetary donations online to its hurricane disaster relief fund for Florence response.

Global Giving - Disaster Recovery Network
Accepting monetary donations online to support the Disaster Recovery Network fund, with a goal to raise $5 million to support relief efforts with emergency supplies like food, water and medicine. The group will also "support longer-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and rebuild" if needed.

Mercy Corps
Accepting donations to its Humanitarian Response Fund online. Mercy Corps, based in Portland, Oregon, says it is on the ground and ready to respond to Hurricane Florence. The organization is working with Team Rubicon, which teams military veterans with first responders to deploy emergency response teams.

The Salvation Army
Accepting monetary donations online. The group has mobile feeding units deployed across North Carolina and South Carolina.

Team Rubicon
Accepting monetary donations online. Team Rubicon, which teams military veterans with first responders to deploy emergency response teams, has teams ready to respond in the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia.

UNICEF
Accepting monetary donations online.

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