Somalia Famine: How to help

You may see a second collection this weekend at your parish to raise money to respond to the famine in Somalia, but if you are looking for a way to pitch in before then, Catholic News Service put together a handy list of relief agencies which I am posting below:

The following international aid agencies are working with partner agencies and local religious leaders in eastern Africa and are accepting donations for refugees affected by the region's drought and famine.

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 -- Catholic Relief Services is accepting donations by phone at (800) 736-3467; online at http://crs.org; or by mail to CRS, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21203-7090.

-- Caritas Internationalis is accepting donations at www.caritas.org.

 -- Jesuit Refugee Service is accepting donations by phone at (202) 629-5948; online at www.jrsusa.org; or by mail to JRS, 1016 16th St. N.W., Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036.

-- The Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States has established a special program named A Call for Solidarity with the Church in East Africa. Contributions may be directed to: Pontifical Mission Societies, East Africa Program, 70 W. 36th St., New York, NY 10018. Credit card donations can be made at www.onefamilyinmission.org.

-- Doctors Without Borders is accepting donations by phone at (888) 392-0392; online at www.doctorswithoutborders.org; or by mail to Doctors Without Borders USA, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

-- International Committee of the Red Cross is accepting donations online at www.icrc.org/eng/.

-- Oxfam International is accepting donations online at www.oxfam.org/.

-- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is accepting donations online at www.unhcr.org.

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