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Katrina Relief Organizations – Which Are Pro-Life, Pro-Family?
September 8, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The list of organizations providing relief and assistance to victims of Hurricane Katrina is growing. Many websites are featuring lists of groups that are doing yeoman’s’ work on the ground providing food, shelter, clothing and medical supplies.
LifeSiteNews.com offers a list of those groups and their position on abortion and abortifacient contraceptives and “gay marriage” to guide readers in making donation choices to organizations that truly respect the dignity of the hurricane victims. Very few, even of the Christian organizations offering assistance, hold to a complete or consistent pro-life ethic and readers are cautioned to examine the groups carefully.
As reported in other LifeSiteNews.com reports, the giant Planned Parenthood organization is exploiting this tragedy, as usual, to promote its anti-life programs to reduce population, especially among people of color. Numerous other organizations have unfortunately bought into at least part of PP’s agenda.
All the organizations listed can be contacted through their websites which provide email addresses and frequently toll-free telephone numbers. Donations can be made with most international credit cards or by cheque. Some groups are only accepting monetary donations, some accept food and clothing and some will accept volunteers.
LifeSiteNews.com chose to focus on those smaller organizations as opposed to the large international groups like the Red Cross, to ensure that money donated to Katrina relief would not be re-directed to other destinations or uses. Such large, bureaucracy burdened aid organizations, moreover, almost invariably support the doctrines of the abortion movement.
Catholic Charities and the Knights of Columbus areÂthe only aid organizations that officially disavow abortion and artificial contraception. They say they can only accept donations of money and not food, clothing or other material goods.
The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic philanthropic organization of laymen, has pledged 2.5 million for redistribution to on-the-ground assistance work.
Beyond these, the groups that hold the most consistent pro-life positions were the Salvation Army and the Mennonite Church. LifeSiteNews.com would appreciate input from readers on other groups giving aid to disaster victims who hold consistently pro-life, pro-family positions.
The Salvation Army website says of abortion, “Human life is sacred because it is made in the image of God and has an eternal destiny. Sacredness is not conferred, nor can it be taken away by human agreement. The Salvation Army deplores society’s ready acceptance of abortion, which reflects insufficient concern for vulnerable persons, including the unborn.” On artificial contraception the Army says, “The Salvation Army encourages the use of birth control methods that are contraceptive (i.e. that prevent conception) versus the use of methods that are abortifacient (i.e. that prevent implantation after fertilization). The Salvation Army is opposed to abortion as a means of birth control.”
The Mennonite Disaster Service website offers a number of donation options and is open to skilled volunteers. Go to http://www.mds.mennonite.net/Â for information on how to donate money or time.
The Mennonite Church USA’s statement on abortion says, “Human life is a gift from God to be valued and protected. We oppose abortion because it runs counter to biblical principles… Abortion runs counter to biblical principles which give a high value to human life. Portrayal of God as the author and giver of life creates a general presumption against any human decision to terminate life.”
No information was available on the position of the Mennonite Church USA on artificial contraception. Mennonites and affiliated congregations, have frequently vigorously opposed same-sex union legislation and court decisions in the US and Canada.
A very large list of groups and organizations can be found at the Instapundit website. http://instapundit.com/archives/025235.php. Readers are again cautioned to read carefully whatever various groups offer on their positions regarding abortion and other pro-life, pro-family issues.
Catholic Charities USA
2005 Hurricane Relief Fund
PO Box 25168
Alexandria, VA 22313-9788
Phone: (800) 919-9338
Mennonite Disaster Services
MDS Binational Office
1018 Main St
Akron , PA 17501
T: (717) 859-2210
F: (717) 859-4910
MDS Extension Office
306-2265 Pembina Hwy
Winnipeg , MB R3T 5J3
T: (866) 261-1274 (Can. only)
T: (204) 261-1274
F: (204) 261-1279
The statement on abortion from the Mennonite Church: http://www.mennoniteusa.org/NewItems/delegates/statement_abortion.pdf
Knights of Columbus, US:
K Knights of Columbus Charities USA, Inc.,
Gift Processing Center,
PO BOX 9028, Pittsfield,
Attn: Hurricane KATRINA Relief.
Canadian donations should go to:
Knights of Columbus Canada Charities, Inc.,
Gift Processing Center,
PO BOX 7252,
Station A, Toronto, ON,
Attn: Hurricane KATRINA Relief.
The Salvation Army’s positions on abortion, homosexuality, euthanasia, cloning, marriage, reproductive technologies, pornography and artificial birth control may be found here:
To donate to the Salvation Army:
Cheques marked “Disaster Relief” to:
The Salvation Army
Hurricane Relief Fund
PO Box 630243
Baltimore, MD 21263-0243
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