After the floods: a letter of appreciation

(This letter from Larry appeared in the Oct. 16, 2013, edition of the Denver Catholic Register.)

At Catholic Charities, we serve those with a need to receive and those with a need to give. That relationship in Christ was dramatically evident in the disaster relief efforts that followed the September floods in Colorado.

There has been a tremendous outpouring from employees of Catholic Charities, from volunteers and from donors who have responded with great care to the needs of others. With your support, we have provided food, clothing, supplies and gift cards to more than 800 families in the last few weeks. Our work has just begun, with housing needs for flood survivors now a pressing concern. It's hard to imagine their anguish, happy to be alive but faced with rebuilding their lives.

"Getting the help from the community and the people that are willing to come in and help us out means more than anybody will ever know," said a single mom whose home was flooded.

While much remains to be done, I want to take this opportunity to thank the entire Catholic community, including parishes, business people and individuals who are offering time, resources and prayers. The Denver Catholic Register, and other media, are essential in communicating those efforts.

This has also been a collaboration with many faith-based groups working on common ground to serve the needs of others. I invite you to visit Catholic Charities online at to see all that has been done – and can be done.