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Tuesday, 18 September, 2001, 16:35 GMT 17:35 UK
How to help the relief effort
Robin Williams
Actor Robin Williams was one of many who gave blood
In response to the devastating terrorist attacks in the United States, many people around the world have been quick to offer whatever help they can.

Aid agencies have responded by setting up special funds for the victims and their families.

The money donated will help in both the short and longer term, covering emergency supplies and immediate care, memorial expenses, grief counselling and hardship funds for those who are bereaved.

There are two main ways to help.

1 - Donate money

Cash donations can be made to the following organisations through their websites:

American Red Cross
American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund
P.O. Box 37243 Washington, D.C. 20013
Tel: (00)1 800 448 3543
In the UK, call 020 7201 5038
Cash contributions can also be made via a secure online donation form.

September 11th Fund
United Way September 11th Fund
2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Tel: (00)1-212-251-4035

World Trade Center Relief Fund
New York State World Trade Center Relief Fund P.O. Box 5028
Albany, New York 12205
Tel: (00)1 800 801 8092

Twin Towers Fund
Twin Towers Fund
General Post Office
P.O. Box 26999
NY 10087-6999
Tel: (00)1 877 870 4278

Feed the Children
Disaster Relief New York
Feed The Children
P.O. Box 36, Oklahoma City, OK 73101
Tel: (00)1-800-525-7575

New York Firefighters Fund
New York Firefighters Fund
New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund PO Box 65858 Washington D.C 20035 5858

World Vision
American Families Assistance Fund
World Vision Inc.
34834 Weyerhaeuser Way
South Federal Way, WA 98001
Tel: (00)1 888 511 6593

Save the Children
Save the Children
Att: Donor Services
54 Wilton Road
Westport, CT 06880
Tel: (00)1 800 728 3843

Catholic Charities USA
Catholic Charities USA
PO Box 25168
Alexandria, VA 22313-9788
Tel: (00)1 800 919 9338

Salvation Army
World Trade Center Response
The Salvation Army
701 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Tel: (00)1 800 725 2769

Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund
FEEA World Trade Center/Pentagon
8441 W. Bowles Ave., Suite 200, Littleton
CO 80123-9501
Tel: (00)1 303 933 7580

Charities Aid Foundation
CAF (Helping USA Fund)
CAF, Kings Hill
West Malling, Kent
ME19 4TA, England
Tel: 0800 993311 (British number)

2 - Donate blood

There has been a large influx of blood donors since the tragedy occurred, and many centres are now advising potential donors not to turn up without phoning beforehand.

American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is accepting blood donations from US citizens. Fill in the
online donation form, and a Red Cross representative will telephone back to schedule an appointment.

The New York Blood Center
The New York Blood Center is also accepting blood donations from city residents. The organisation advises volunteers to make an appointment before turning up, or wait a few weeks while the crisis unfolds. To find the nearest donation centre, call 1800 933 2566 or refer to information on the website.

Map of New York City
The company URHere have produced an interactive map of the rescue operation in New York, which is free to download. It shows blood donation centres, grief counselling sites, hospitals, shelters and missing person bureaux. The site is updated every day.

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