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Local Catholic Churches Donate To Help Japan

BALTIMORE (WJZ) -- The Baltimore Archdiocese is asking all Catholic churches to hold special collections.  Money will help victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

As Tim Williams reports, parishioners are having no trouble giving extra for the cause.

At Catholic churches throughout the area, parishioners are being asked to dig a little deeper to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

"Whether it's monetary or clothing or food or resources, it's a deep and rich community that we have here," said Diane Melia.

"As people of God, we need to do our share.  They need us at this very moment," said Fevis Limiac.

At the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, the congregation prayed for disaster relief, all while following Baltimore Archbishop Edwin O'Brien's request for all 153 area parishes to take a special collection for Catholic Relief Services.

"The best thing we can do to help the people is to collect financial aid.  Obviously, we're asking for prayers from our people as well, because we do believe as a people of faith, that can provide as much help," said Sean Caine, Baltimore Archdiocese.

The Baltimore Archdiocese plans to funnel its donations to partner charities that have been working in shelters throughout the country since the disaster struck.

"It kinda reminds me of what happened in Haiti and it's just really sad," said Anne Melia.

In fact, the Baltimore Archdiocese has previously raised millions of dollars in similar drives for disaster victims in Haiti, southeast Asia and New Orleans.  This money will first go to people in Japan with no access to public services.

You can learn more about Catholic Relief Services here.

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