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Hurricane Florence - Rescue and Recovery

In recent days, we have seen the heartbreaking photographs and video reports of those who have been impacted so severely by the wind, rain, and flooding caused by Hurricane Florence. I ask that you pray for those who have lost their lives, those who have been injured, and for those who have lost homes and possessions. I also ask for prayers for the brave first responders who have been so helpful in the rescue and relief. This is a time for our Catholic community to come together and to assist our neighbors in North Carolina who are in most need.

For additional information on Catholic Charities disaster services, volunteer opportunities, and direct donation opportunities, please visit

May Our Lord Jesus keep you in His loving care, especially at this time.

In Christ,

+Luis Rafael Zarama
Bishop of Raleigh

How You Can Help

If you would like to help Catholic Charities assist families impacted by Hurricane Florence across central and eastern North Carolina, there are several ways you can do so at this time:

  • Financial Donations: Disasters are rapidly changing events and financial donations allow us to adapt with the situation and best meet the needs of the survivors. Donate online or text RECOVER1 to 51555.
  • Volunteer: If you are interested in volunteering, please visit to learn about volunteer opportunities across the Diocese of Raleigh.
  • In-Kind Donations: If you would like to donate in-kind goods, an online page has been set up where you can purchase items, and they will be shipped in bulk to our offices. This helps streamline coordination of the supplies we anticipate receiving. You can find the list of needed items here. If you are interested in coordinating a donation drive, please contact Gabby Amos at Catholic Charities at
  • Pray: Survivors are going through what may be the most traumatic experience in their lives. Staff and volunteers are working around the clock to provide some relief during this challenging situation. Your prayers for all involved are greatly needed at this time.

Thank you for your support of your neighbors impacted by this disaster.

Parishes and Facilities Damaged by Hurricane Florence

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