Hollywood.com would like to express its sincere sympathy for everyone affected by last week's tragic events in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. Our thoughts and support are with those who have lost loved ones, and with those who are working diligently to seek and find survivors. There are many ways we can help our country get through this tragic time, and we hope the following list will help you get in touch with those who need your help, and those who can help you work through the impact these events may have on your life.
President George W. Bush has announced a Web site to help the online community aid in disaster relief efforts. To donate online, please visit the site at http://www.libertyunites.org. Other resources are also available online:
To Volunteer and Donate Resources:
The Red Cross is looking for help from experienced medical and mental health professionals in the coming days and may be putting out a call for such help soon. Contact your local chapter (via the white pages). Call 1-800-HELP-NOW (1-800-435-7669) to make financial contributions to the Red Cross. Call 1-800-801-8092 for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Emergency Donation and Volunteer Helpline. FEMA needs health professionals along with law enforcement, fire services and heavy equipment for moving debris. General help is also needed. Donations are invited, too. More information is on the organization's Web site, www.fema.gov. Call 1-518-431-7600 for the Health Care Association of New York State ( www.hanys.org), which is in need of specialists in search and rescue and mortuary/forensic/pathology services. Online retailer Amazon.com ( www.amazon.com) and search engine Yahoo (www.yahoo.com) are also accepting monetary donations for the American Red Cross. In support of New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani's Twin Towers Fund created to aid families devastated by the loss of a loved one, our own www.broadway.com has announced that for every ticket purchased on the Web site for performances from now through 12/31/01, they will donate $5 in your name to the Twin Towers Fund.
To Donate Blood:
You must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. You must not have tested positive for hepatitis or any sexually transmitted disease, and you must not have had a tattoo applied or any ear or body piercings in the past 12 months.
In New York:
American Red Cross (www.redcross.org),150 Amsterdam Ave. at 66th Street. NY Blood Center (www.nybloodcenter.org), 310 East 67th St. between First and Second avenues.1-800-933-2566. Citibank office, 310 East 67th St.
In the Washington, D.C. area:
INOVA Blood Donor Services. Call 866-BLOODSAVES (866-256-6372) or visit www.inova.org/donateblood for donation locations.
The Red Cross asks that you contact your local chapter (via the white pages), or try its Web site at www.redcross.org. Note that the site is under high load, and may be difficult to access. You can also make secure monetary donations through the site. You can also call the Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) to make an appointment to donate blood. Call 1-888-BLOOD-88 (1-888-256-6388) for names/numbers of the independent blood centers nearest you.
To Check on Family Members/Loved Ones:
Call 1-800-331-0075 for the U.S. Justice Department's (usdoj.gov) Family Assistance Center Victims Hotline. If you believe you have a family member who was aboard American Airlines Flight 11, American Airlines Flight 77, United Airlines Flight 93, or United Airlines Flight 175: Contact American at 1-800-245-0999 or www.americanairlines.com. Contact United at 1-800-932-8555 or 1-800-932-8555.
To Help Rescue Workers in New York:
Rescue workers on site near the remains of the World Trade Center are in need of drinks (in individual containers) and food (preferably sandwiches). Workers also need socks and work boots as well as ice, construction helmets, heavy-duty gloves, goggles, flashlights, batteries and other items.
Those who want to help can leave items at a drop-off station at the southeast side of Union Square.
Dealing with Tragedy
For information from the American Psychological Association on how to deal with the aftermath, check out helping.apa.org.