During an unusually warm February afternoon, Lucy G. and her cousins stood before a red and white checkered table topped with homemade brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and rice krispy treats. Lucy was hosting a bake sale in a small neighborhood in Willow Glen, where there would be ample foot traffic and what she hoped to be an appetite for treats. In a single day, Lucy raised more than $100 for Catholic Charities’ Disaster Recovery Services, while also raising awareness of the ongoing support for individuals and families affected by the February 2017 floods in San Jose.
Lucy G. is nine years old and passionate about disaster relief. She attends Saint Lucy School as a fourth grader, and was moved by the news of Hurricane Harvey wreaking havoc in Texas last August. After conducting web research of reputable local organizations, Lucy found Catholic Charities and wrote a letter to share her idea of kickstarting a fundraiser.
“Hurricane Harvey got me thinking about how many people in the world face disasters every day,” said Lucy. “I really wanted to help with the Santa Barbara fires and the mudslides, but I knew I wasn’t old enough to go there. So I decided that donating money can help. Watching the news, I realized there were so many things I can help with in the world by donating money to disaster relief.”
Since the 2017 San Jose floods, Catholic Charities’ Disaster Recovery Services served 235 displaced families. The program housed nearly all of the families, with donations helping to support remaining families in transitional housing. Catholic Charities continues to assess the needs of those affected, and provides resources and long-term case management.
To learn more about Catholic Charities’ Disaster Recovery Services, please contact Lindsey Caldwell at firstname.lastname@example.org.