Saving life together

Wednesday, September 26, 2001

Saving life together

Dear Editor,

On Sept. 11, the United States suffered the worst terrorist attack on American soil in history.

The full scope of these events and their aftermath are still being assessed, but the impact is clearly massive and widespread. The American Red Corss mobilized quickly to help meet the needs of those affected by this nationwide emergency.

The Red Cross Disaster Operations center was activated immediately, and our entire national blood system is responding to the need for blood. In addition, we have activated our Aviation Incident Response Teams to respond at each of the crash sites, the American Red Cross is also providing family support, mental health services and spiritual counseling to those whose loved ones were killed in this tragedy, as well as providing food, shelter and emergency services to those affected at the collapse of the World Trade Center towers, the fire and crash at the Pentagon, and the plane crash near Somerset, Pa.

Because we are on site providing services to disaster victims and workers, we are keenly aware of what is most needed. Most current in-kind needs have been met for Red Cross relief efforts and the best way to provide support at this time is through financial donations.

Here in Southwest Nebraska, your donations can be made at many of the local financial institutions. Simply ask if they have a Southwest Nebraska Disaster Fund Account. Your donations also may be sent to us directly at out chapter office, P.O. Box 66, Holbrook NE 68348. Please make your checks payable to "Southwest Nebraska Red Cross."

Our chapter is proud to have Volunteer Chapter Manager Sharon Hoffman and volunteer Patty Jones, both of Cambridge, on-site in New York City, with the possibility of others from the area traveling there soon.

Please help with your donations so we may continue to help. Remember, together we can save a life.

Southwest Nebraska Chapter,

American Red Cross

Jeff Ommert,

board chairman

Cyndi Groshong,

board member

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