Collecting donations to help those impacted by Hurricane Irma

St. Louis, MO – After Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida over the weekend, Catholic Charities of St. Louis is collecting donations to help those impacted by the historic storm.

“Catholic Charities of St. Louis is ready and willing to help those impacted by Hurricane Irma. 100 percent of donations collected here will go directly to Catholic relief efforts in affected areas of Florida,” said Theresa Ruzicka, CPA, President of Catholic Charities of St. Louis.

Hurricane Irma has left 5.8 million people in Florida without power, according to the state Division of Emergency Management. Nearly 7 million people from multiple states in the storm’s path were told to evacuate their homes, according to The Associated Press.

“As I said after Hurricane Harvey, I know I speak for every person in the Archdiocese of St. Louis when I say how deeply saddened I am by the death and massive devastation experienced by our brothers and sisters in the South. Now, more than ever, we must look to our faith and ask the Lord to carry those who are suffering and who have lost so much,” said the Most Reverend Archbishop Robert J. Carlson.

Donations should be made out to Catholic Charities of St. Louis and mailed to P.O. Box 952393     St. Louis, MO. 63195-2393. Please note Hurricane Irma 2017 in the memo line.

Donations can also be made through our website and select the Hurricane Irma 2017 Fund in the fund menu. Our credit card processing vendor, ReliantPay, Inc., has pledged to donate 50% of the transaction fee back to the Hurricane Irma fund.  On the decision, Brian Thouvenot, Chief Development Officer said, “as an organization that serves the poor and vulnerable, it is such a pleasure to work with a company that places those in need first.”

At this time, monetary donations are what is most needed to fund immediate disaster relief efforts through Catholic Charities organizations. We are not accepting non-monetary donations.

About Catholic Charities of St. Louis: Catholic Charities has been helping people in need since 1912. Organized as a federation of eight agencies, Catholic Charities assists 148,000 people annually in the 11 counties of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Catholic Charities seeks to break the cycle of poverty, abuse and neglect, empower people to make positive, permanent changes and support them to lead self-sufficient, dignified lives. For more information, contact 314-367-5500 or