Washington, DC -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging those interested in helping victims of the apparent terrorist events to give blood or cash donations. Those interested in giving blood should call the American Red Cross blood donation hotline, at 1-800-448-3543. The American Red Cross can accept cash donations through 1-800-HELP NOW, and the Salvation Army can accept financial contributions through 1-800-SAL ARMY. Persons who wish to donate their services should contact their local American Red Cross office.
FEMA does not accept donations, but works closely with volunteer agencies that provide a wide variety of services after emergencies, including childcare, crisis counseling, sheltering and food.
For more information about voluntary organizations active in disasters, go to www.nvoad.org.