Churches seek to help typhoon victims

Published 8:02 pm Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Churches in the Atmore area are taking donations to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the Philippines earlier this month.
The Archdiocese of Mobile and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) are among those helping locally.
St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church in Atmore will have a special collection at upcoming worship services. In addition, those willing to help can also mail donations to the church with attention to typhoon relief in the Philippines. The church is located at 600 S. Main St.
Ditto Gorme, a parishioner of St. Robert’s, said Tuesday that his “family and relatives back home are safe.”
“The path of the typhoon was just slightly north from where they are,” he said. “They experienced heavy rain and some winds, but not as strong as the ones in the direct path.”
Haiyan made landfall Friday as a category 5 typhoon storm.
First United Methodist Church of Atmore is also helping storm victims, through the UMCOR, said Missions Chairwoman Renee Hardy.
Anyone who would like to make a donation can do so, by making a check payable to the church or UMCOR and designating “typhoon relief” in the memo line. The church is located at 311 S. Pensacola Ave.

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