How to give help effectively

Many organizations are collecting money to assist victims of last week's terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and Somerset County, Pa.

Among them:

  • The American Red Cross is accepting contributions by phone at 800-HELP-NOW or 800-257- 7575 (Spanish). Internet users can make a secure online credit card contribution at Donations can be mailed to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013.
  • The Sun is conducting a drive to raise disaster relief funds. The McCormick Tribune Foundation will match the first $5 million donated to the drive at a rate of 50 cents for each dollar you give. The money will go to relief agencies to cover the costs of assisting those affected by the crisis. Donations may be made by calling 800-999-9005 or by mail. Checks should be made out to The Baltimore Sun Disaster Relief Fund and sent to The Baltimore Sun, P.O. Box 1377, Baltimore 21278.
  • The International Association of Fire Fighters has set up fallen heroes funds to assist the police officers and firefighters who were injured and the families of those who died in Tuesday's tragedies. Donations can be sent to the IAFF General Secretary-Treasurer's Office, Attn.: New York Fire 9-11 Relief Fund, 1750 New York Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20006.
  • The New York Fraternal Order of Police Fund is accepting donations at 911 Police Plaza, Hicksville, N.Y. 11801.
  • The Salvation Army is collecting monetary donations. Mark checks "Disaster Relief" and mail to the National Disaster Fund, Salvation Army, 615 Slaters Ave., Alexandria, Va. 22312.
  • The United Way of New York City is accepting financial contributions at United Way September 11th Fund, 2 Park Ave., New York, N.Y. 10016, or by phone at 800- 710-8002.
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