By Alice Kenny
Over the past five weeks since Hurricane Sandy arrived, Catholic Charities has been leading parishes and communities in their ongoing recovery efforts.
In addition to delivering food and crucial supplies to survivors on Staten Island and in Lower Manhattan, Catholic Charities has also arranged temporary housing for over 100 individuals and families on Staten Island and in Washington Heights. Among other recovery efforts, Catholic Charities worked with FEMA and the New York City government to set up and run disaster relief centers on Staten Island, coordinate hundreds of volunteers and provide multiple services including counseling and housing assistance.
To help with these and other Catholic Charities relief initiatives, Empire City Casino has contributed $500,000 toward the Catholic Charities Hurricane Sandy Relief and Recovery Fund.
“We are grateful for Empire City Casino’s generosity,” said Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities New York. “This donation has enabled Catholic Charities to respond early, but will also help our commitment to assist in meeting long-term needs.”
With the generous donation, Catholic Charities can continue to provide ongoing services to Sandy survivors, rebuilding lives and touching almost every human need promptly, locally, day in and day out, always with compassion and dignity.
“There are no greater deeds than charity and service,” said Timothy J. Rooney, President and CEO of Empire City Casino. “The devastation New Yorkers suffered from this storm is unspeakable and they need our help. Whether you donate $2 or $2,000, it will make a difference. No act of kindness or generosity is ever too small.”
To donate to the Sandy Relief Fund or contribute your time:
Or, text SANDY to 85944 to make a one-time $10 donation.