Archdiocese Sending $50,000 to Aid Bahamas

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The Archdiocese of New York is sending $50,000 to assist the people of the Bahamas in their recovery from Hurricane Dorian.

By Sept. 9, the hurricane’s death toll in the Bahamas had climbed to 45, with thousands left without homes and damage estimates in the billions.

Cardinal Dolan told CNY that the money will come from the archdiocese’s Emergency Relief Fund. It is being sent to Bishop Herbert Bevard of the Diocese of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands for disbursal.

The emergency fund, funded by collections in parishes, had a residual balance that could be tapped to assist the Bahamas, the cardinal said. “People have been so generous in the past that we have a little residue left.”

Cardinal Dolan said he would “welcome” further assistance from parishes or individual Catholics who want to add their own funds to the archdiocese’s gift. He encouraged them to contact the archdiocese.

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