In Colorado Springs, nine restaurants are joining forces in a fundraising event to help out the families of victims who perished in the Windows on the World restaurant in the World Trade Center. Local realtors also have an organized fundraiser in the works. Below are ways that you can help the victims of last week's terrorist attacks.
To donate blood, call the Red Cross at 800/GIVE-LIFE or America's Blood Centers at 888/BLOOD-88 (888/256-6388) to schedule an appointment. You may also contact the local hospitals directly. Appointments may be made with Penrose Hospital by calling 776-5822; Memorial Hospital may be reached at 365-6575, though, due to the high volume of calls, Memorial is booked through October; they ask that you call back in a few weeks to make an appointment. The Bonfils Blood Center in Pueblo can be reached at 719/296-1094 and they are accepting walk-ins. Because donated blood has only a 42-day life span, Rod Roland of the Bonfils Blood Center in Pueblo emphasizes that hospitals "have a need [for blood] every day for traumas, traffic accidents and routine surgeries, and the need goes up about 20 percent a year." The outpouring of support in recent days goes a long way toward helping the blood supply in the short-term, but Roland points out, "There is always a big need for blood donations, just not all at one time." A one-time donation in light of Sept. 11's tragic events is certainly appreciated, but regular giving would put our blood supply on much stronger footing; individuals are eligible to give every 56 days.
To donate money to the Red Cross for assisting victims of the attacks, call 800/HELP-NOW. The Pikes Peak Chapter can be contacted at 632-3563.
To donate to the United Way fund to help the victims of Sept. 11's attacks and their families, call 800/251-4035. The Pikes Peak chapter can be reached at 632-1543.
The Pikes Peak Association of Realtors announces that it will be participating in a cooperative effort with the National Association of Realtors to build a Housing Relief Fund to help pay the mortgage and rental costs of families devastated by the terrorist attack. Call 633-7718 for more.
Primitivo will be hosting a nine-course meal prepared by nine local chefs to benefit the families of employees of Windows on the World restaurant. The cost is $150 per person and will be held Monday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. Call 473-4900.
Provide tips to the FBI:
The FBI has set up a Web site and hotline where people can report tips or other information about the attacks: www.ic3.gov and 866/483-5137. Intelligence officials have said they were especially eager to recover any video that tourists may have been shooting before and during the attacks.
Report hate crimes:
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee urges all victims of threats, harassment or hate crimes to immediately call the police, and to call the ADC at 202/244-2990 or email them at email@example.com. They are also encouraged to call the hotline recently established by U.S. Commission on Civil Rights: 800/552-6843. Since the attacks Sept. 11, more than 200 incidents of hate crimes have been reported across the country.
Disaster Information and Resources
A number of resources are available to victims and victims' families, some of which are listed below. A more comprehensive list of U.S. government resources and information can be found at FirstGov at http://www.firstgov.gov/featured/usgresponse.html.
To find loved ones:
The Justice Department's Office of Victims of Crime established a hotline for families seeking information about victims and survivors. The number is 800/331-0075 or go online at www.responsecare.com
Greater NY Health Organization is helping to locate family members and accepting reports of missing persons. For status on family members: 212/560-2730; to report a missing person: 212/560-8029
American Airlines can be reached at 800/245-0999.
United Airlines can be reached at 800/932-8555
United also has established its international toll-free numbers for friends or family members who want more information. Those numbers are: The Netherlands, 02-050-4051; Germany, 06-96-698-5407; Italy, 02-482-9813; Belgium, 02-713-3646; France, 01-6-919-9659.
The Pentagon has asked personnel to call the following number in order to be accounted for: 877/663-6772
To check on the status of loved ones who worked at the Pentagon, please call the Army at 800/984-8523, the Air Force at 800/253-9276 or the Navy and Marines at 877/663-6772.
World Trade Center Information
The Red Cross WTC Victim Information hotline is 212/604-7285
The N.Y.C. Fire Department and EMT Employees hotline is 718/999-2541.
The N.Y.C. Police Department Employees hotline is 718/677-8238
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey employees can call 973/565-5505, 5506 or 5507.
The following companies had offices in the World Trade Center:
Bank of America: 877/441-3723
Cantor Fitzgerald and eSpeed: 866/326-3188 or 203/662-3600
Carr Futures: 800/755-7620
Deutsche Bank: 410/895-2029
Electronics Trading Group: 917/859-7059 or 917/682-9827
Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield: 866/761-8265
Fiduciary Trust Co. International: 800/632-2350, ext. 22578
Fuji Bank: 888/537-FUJI (3854)
Keefe Bruyette & Woods: 800/223-3810
Kemper Insurance Co.: 800/622-9966
Lee Hecht Harrison: 201/782-3704
Marsh & McLennan (includes related businesses of Mercer, Guy Carpenter, Seabury & Smith and MMC Enterprise Risk): 212/345-6000
Maxcor Financial Group: 212/317-1000
Morgan Stanley: 888/883-4391
Pitney Bowes: 800/932-3631
Thacher, Proffitt, & Wood: 800/698-4567
Windows on the World restaurant: 877/226-5170
To get help:
PictureTel and its partners are offering free videoconferencing for communication with distant family members, or to aid in the business crisis planning process. A database of available facilities is available at http://www.picturetel.com/aboutus. asp?name=abthh.xml.
Mercy Corps is providing trauma counseling and scholarship funds for children who have lost parents. Contact them at 800/292-3355 or visit them www.mercycorps.com.
Trained and licensed American Red Cross Mental Heath workers are available to help children, teens and adults. They are also available to provide support groups. Community resource lists are also available upon request. For more information please call the Pikes Peak Red Cross Chapter at 632-3563.
To share memories of a loved one:
A non-profit Web site has been established at
http://www.inmemoryofseptember11.org where friends and relatives of the victims of the terrorist attacks can post information and memories about their loved one or search for the name of a person they lost. Visitors can read memories written by other family members or friends as well as information regarding where to send flowers and how to participate in memorial services. Visitors can also submit memories of the deceased.