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Special collections at weekend Masses to help flood victims

Posted at 5:09 PM, Mar 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-18 18:09:22-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — At this weekend's Masses, the Archdiocese of Omaha is holding a special collection to help victims of severe flooding in northeast Nebraska.

Spokesman for the archdiocese, Deacon Tim McNeil, said pastors were asked to conduct an assessment of needs in their communities. Based on that evaluation, pastors can request funds from the archdiocese to help in short and long term recovery efforts, a press release says.

“Grants may be distributed to purchase water, food, shelter, cleaning supplies, tools, building materials, and tuition assistance for displaced employees,” McNeil said.

Archdiocesan funds won't be restricted to parishes and their immediate needs--McNeil said pastors can request funds to assist with community-wide programs.