2017-10-13 / Community

Students help people, pets impacted by hurricane

SOUTH PORTLAND – Students at Holy Cross School in South Portland have concluded a three-week relief effort to help victims of Hurricane Harvey, and the act of turned out even better than Principal Christine L’Abbé could have dreamed.

“Our school community donated toothbrushes, toothpaste, socks, and travel size shampoos and soaps for people suffering after the hurricane,” L’Abbé said.

“But our students didn’t want to forget the furry friends also in need, so they gathered dog and cat treats, pet toys, leashes, and over $300 in PetSmart and Petco gift cards.”

Thanks in part to donations from parents, the shipping costs were covered and eight large boxes of items were sent to four different human shelters and the largest nonkill animal shelter (“Friends for Life”) in Houston.

“I know people on the ground who are volunteering and coordinating at these shelters,” said L’Abbé. “They are excited for the supplies and I’m just as excited about how our students continue to embrace the opportunity to help others.”

The volunteers in Houston have promised Holy Cross that they will send pictures back to show the real difference that the supplies are making.Catholic Charities is also supplying humanitarian aid and resources to ongoing relief efforts in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

To help, please visit www.catholiccharitiesusa.org; call 1-703-549-1390 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or 1-800-919- 9338 after 4:30 p.m. (EST) on weekdays, Saturdays, and Sundays or send a check, payable to Catholic Charities USA and marked “Hurricane Relief” to Catholic Charities USA, P.O. Box 17066, Baltimore, MD 21297. Catholic Charities assures donors that 100% of funds raised will go directly towards disaster efforts.

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