Friday, October 18, 2013
Two Catholic churches in Georgetown have raised approximately $4,000 to help victims of the Sept. 25 fire on Front Street in Georgetown.
St. Mary Our Lady of Ransom Catholic Church and St. Cyprian’s Catholic Church have raised most of this money through collections.
Other sources for the funds are Catholic Charities USA the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston.
A representative from Catholic Charities has already visited St. Cyprian’s to meet with fire victims who need the funds and assess their major needs.
She will return to St. Cyprians on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. if anyone missed the first session.
Funds on gift cards will be distributed over the next few weeks according to Catholic Charities policy and in conjunction with other agencies distributing money to victims.
Needs will be met as they arise.
Rev. Ronald J. Farrell, known as Father Ron, of St. Mary, said this help is important to the people who have lost jobs, homes and businesses in the fire.
“It is a real tragedy,” he said. “We should be able to help quite a bit in the long term. That is the nice thing about Catholic Charities. They try to look in the long term and not just meet immediate needs. Whatever the needs are, they will be there to help. We are just one of many groups trying to make things better.”
He said this type of tragedy can happen to anyone.
“You go to bed and everything is fine and you wake up and you have lost everything,” Farrell said. “It could be you or someone you care about.”