The news of the wildfires in Australia and the recent earthquake/aftershocks in Puerto Rico are devastating. It is difficult to see the suffering of our Australian and Puerto Rican brothers and sisters when there is so little that we can do to help.
Financial support to disaster relief organizations - to the workers on the ground - is often the best way that we can help. Listed below are the Catholic Church's agencies that are providing local aid.
Australia: The St. Vincent de Paul Society (Australia) Bush Fire Appeal donations can be made here: https://donate.vinnies.org.au/appeals-vic/vinnies-nsw-bushfire-appeal-vic
Puerto Ricao: Catholic Relief Services donations can be made here: https://support.crs.org/donate/help-crs-respond-emergencies