Animal Writes
11 September 2001 Issue
Best Ways You Can Help

by The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross wants to thank the thousands of people who have contacted them to offer their help in the disaster relief efforts and to request assistance in contacting loved ones. Below is a guide to the best ways you can help the Red Cross in the coming days and weeks.

If you're looking for a family member affected by the attack...
In the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the priority of the American Red Cross is providing lifesaving assistance in the form of immediate disaster mass care and blood to victims and emergency workers in New York, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania. All inquiries regarding family members should be directed to your local Red Cross Chapter. You will be asked to provide detailed information. Please be advised that the inquiry process will take some time given the magnitude of the tragedies.

If you want to make a cash donation ...
The American Red Cross needs cash donations to secure the special resources we need to provide immediate disaster care. You can make a donation right now through America Online. 100% of your donation will be applied directly to these disaster relief efforts. Thank you!

If you want to give blood...
Thanks to the time and generosity of everyone who gives blood on a regular basis and to the thousands who have responded to our call for help in the past 24 hours, our blood supplies are in excellent condition for responding to the immediate need. But of course we are always eager to receive new blood donations. If you want to give blood, please contact your local Red Cross Chapter to make an appointment.

If you want to volunteer...
The Red Cross has thousands of trained volunteers ready to respond to disasters throughout the country. We do not send new volunteers on immediate assignment. If you want to become trained in Red Cross Disaster Services and respond to future disasters, please contact your local Red Cross Chapter in the next few days to help reduce current volume, which is extremely high.

Thank you again to all those who have responded in this extraordinary time of need.

The American Red Cross

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