The devastating wildfires that ripped through the Maui town of Lahaina left more than 100 people dead, with many more missing, and thousands homeless.
Diocese of Honolulu Bishop Larry Silva is asking for donations to the Hawaii Catholic Community Foundation. Bishop Silva offered Mass on Maui, reported on the devastation and confirmed stories of the astonishing survival of Maria Lanakila Catholic Church in Lahaina in an interview here.
Robert Van Tassell, president and CEO of Catholic Charities Hawaii, told The Catholic News Agency (CNA) that the effect of the disastrous fire on the Hawaiian community is “very dramatic.”
“The great thing about that is the community outpouring from people here in Hawaii already is overwhelming,” he added. “But a lot of us are still dealing with the initial shock of the first photographs that we’re seeing, pretty much at the same time the rest of the world is. We know this is going to be a long haul, so we’re preparing ourselves for a long recovery period.”
Catholic Charities of Hawaii is establishing shelters and providing food relief. Van Tassell emphasized the need for cash donations. Those who world like to give to Maui relief at the Catholic Charities website, can donate here: www.CatholicCharitiesHawaii.org.
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