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Dear Pastors, Rectors, Administrators, and Principals,

Our local community knows all too well the disaster and destruction a strong storm can inflict on each and every one of us. We have endured many days and nights in the devastation left by these powerful storms. With the help and kindness of others who gave generously to our recovery, we recovered. Many of the donations came from people we may not know, or ever meet, yet answered our call for help. It is for this reason, and on behalf of the Archdiocese of Agana, I write to ask for your support for the people of Texas suffering from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. In our hearts and in a spirit of charity, we are called upon to assist in the relief efforts and to begin the recovery period. Working with Catholic Social Service, Kamalen Karidat, Inc. has offered to take the lead in raising much needed funds to help the families affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. We ask each parish community to reach out to every person, group, and organization, to raise the funds to be donated to the Catholic Charities of the USA. This organization is on site and is already engaging in the relief and recovery efforts. Your kindness will go far in helping those who are truly in need of our help. Additionally, we ask each parish to designate funds (from any collection) to the Catholic Charities of the USA for the Texas recovery and relief efforts. In our schools, we ask the school administrators to reach out to your school community for donations. Please send all monetary donations to Kamalen Karidat, Inc., or Catholic Social Service to insure delivery of this much needed resource to our brothers and sisters in Texas. Donations will continue to be accepted until the end of September. Your contributions will give Catholic Charities of the USA the means to help people rebuild their lives in a way that can bring the most comfort during these very difficult times.

Please contact us at the information provided regarding any questions or concerns. You may reach me at Kusina Kamalen at 472-4569, kamalenkaridat@gmail.com. or Diana Calvo at Catholic Social Service (635-1406), css@catholicsocialserviceguam.org. Thank you!