Catholic Charities responds to dire needs in disaster aftermath

MillikenTruckCatholic Charities this week opened another flood relief distribution center in northern Colorado, in the Town of Milliken.

“We are continually evaluating where resources are needed and deploying personnel, goods and services,” said Larry Smith, CEO and president of Catholic Charities of Denver, who has been traveling to stricken areas. “Catholic Charities is serving many immediate needs for food and clothing. Temporary and long-term housing is what we have to focus on next.”

The value of aid provided to flood survivors through Catholic Charities will soon surpass $100,000.

Smith encouraged those wanting to help to consider a donation of $50, $100 or more through the Catholic Charities website, www.ccdenver.org. “We are providing gift cards to families and individuals to buy food and gas. They are rebuilding their lives after the flooding and they need to know we care.”

Other needs are for boots, heavy trash bags, blankets and rubber gloves.

Catholic Charities had previously set up three other parish-based distribution centers. The centers have been distributing truckloads of donated supplies that have arrived from around the country, including blankets, food, water, and toiletries.

A flyer listing current locations, in English and Spanish, is available at this link.

In Greeley, distributions will take place at St. Mary Church, 2222 23rd Ave., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

At the site in Milliken, distribution is taking place at the corner of Broad Street and Frances Avenue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.