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As we try to comprehend the scope of yesterday's tragedy, America's collective thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.
Here's what you can do to help:
American Red Cross needs financial and blood donations. Call your local Red Cross chapter or 1-800-GIVE-LIFE. The Red Cross web site has been down periodically but may be accessible at www.redcross.org. They are currently most in need of types O and RH negative blood.
AmeriCares has established a fund to aid the victims of the attack. Call 1-800-486-4357 or visit www.americares.org to contribute to the "Aid for Terrorist Attack Victims."
FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) recommends the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster Web site www.nvoad.org, which contains links to religious and secular volunteer groups.
The Red Cross also has advice that can help people deal with their feelings brought about by the terrorist attack. Among recommendations for coping:
* Talk about feelings
* Ask for help - strong feelings can last for weeks
* Listen to other people and be kind
* Spend time with family and return to the usual routine
* Look away from graphic news videos
* Reassure children that parents will protect them and take every precaution to keep them safe
* Recall other fearful times that did not last forever
* Do something that could help others
Let us pull together as a nation to demonstrate our compassion and strength in this time of great sorrow.
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