PARKERSBURG - The Roman Catholic Church Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has authorized all parishes to take a special second collection on Nov. 16 and 17 for those affected by the devastating typhoon that is in the Philippines.
Typhoon Haiyan is the fourth such super storm to hit the nation in the past year. The typhoon comes just three weeks after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Bohol, an island in the Central Visayas.
Especially vulnerable are the roughly 281,000 people living in makeshift shelters and tents near their homes, the diocese said. Another 89,000 people are living in evacuation centers and spontaneous settlements. The typhoon will cross relatively close to Bohol with heavy rains.
The diocese also will have an online link for donations on its home page by this weekend. It may be accessed at www.dwc.org.
All collections will go to Catholic Relief Services, the international outreach agency which is poised to respond to Typhoon Haiyan. CRS will be working with local governments, Caritas partners and local parishes in the Philippines to maximize the agency's response and recovery efforts so that people who need it most get the help they need.