In the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, Catholic Charities USA’s Disaster Response office is working to help the millions of families and individuals without basic necessities such as food and shelter.

The organization is still assessing the situation, but “ultimately we expect nearly 50 of our local agencies will be providing direct relief to the people who need it most,” said Father Larry Snyder, executive director, in a letter Nov. 2.

He pleaded for donations to help the relief effort, saying donated funds would go toward case management and emergency assistance, cleaning and house repairs, emergency evacuation assistance and long-term recovery needs.

“Thank you in advance for your continued support,” Father Snyder wrote, “and please continue to keep the individuals and families in these impacted areas in your thoughts and prayers.

Donations through Catholic Charities USA may be made online here or by calling 1-800-919-9338.