YAKIMA, Wash. -- The Catholic Diocese of Yakima and Catholic Charities have joined together, to help St. Mary's Catholic Church in White Swan help the families affected by last weekend's fire.
Catholic Charities Housing Services has provided emergency supplies, and the St. Vincent Center in Union Gap will be sending non-perishable food times to the community next week, along with a bin of apples donated by Roche Fruit. The St. Vincent Center is also donating diapers and toiletries, along with vouchers for clothing and household items.
The Diocese of Yakima is sending a $1,000 donation to the White Swan Recovery Fund, for the use of the food bank administered by Wilbur Memorial United Methodist Church.
Organizers say several Catholic parishes will be taking up special collections this weekend to help St. Mary's parish.
"This is all part of our mission of bringing hope to life, especially for those most in need," said John Young director of Catholic Charities, in a written statement.
Pastor William Shaw noted that six of the families left homeless are members of St. Mary's. The parish is participating in the rebuilding efforts, while focusing on the immediate needs of its parishioners.