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Many Americans, Canadians, and people from elsewhere in the world searched for ways in which they can personally help. The following non-profits were among those active in the tragedy. They remain worthwhile groups who need your donations:

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You can give blood:

bullet America's Blood Center's (ABC) is a national network of non-profit community blood centers.
bullet American Red Cross 1-800-GIVE LIFE
bullet New York Blood Center 1-800-933-BLOOD

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You can donate money:

It is inevitable that con artists will organize phony charities and seek donations that will only line their own pockets. We recommend the following well established, reliable and effective agencies:

bullet American Red Cross 1-800-HELP-NOW
bullet Catholic Charities 1-800-919-9338
bullet Mercy Corps provides grief counseling, food and administers scholarships for children affected by tragedy.
bullet New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund 1-877-863-4783 or 1-253-274-0424
bullet The Salvation Army 1-800-SAL-ARMY
bullet United Way 1-212-251-4035

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Help your children cope:

bulletCommunicating to children about the tragedy:
bullet"What do we tell our children?" Thoughts by Rev. Meg Riley
bullet"Helping children in response to today's news," Washington State PTA
bullet"Helping kids cope with tragedy," Mercy Corps

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Other ways to help:

bulletMake a simple friendly gesture anyone you see in Islamic dress.
bulletWrite a letter to the editor of your local newspaper asking that people not stereotype Muslim-Americans and Arab-Americans.
bulletIf you hear a bigoted statement at work, among your family or friends, on an Internet chat line, or any other place, counter it with a message of tolerance.
bulletMercy Corps sugests that you "organize a brown bag lunch at your place of work or gather with friends to discuss this event and ways in which your workplace can help."
bulletContact your rabbi, minister, priest, imam, or officials of your local ministerial associations, and suggest that they join with other local religious leaders to write an inter-faith declaration calling for unity and an end to harassment and attacks on innocent people.
bulletContact your religious leader and suggest that they contact the local Muslim and Sikh leaders, offering support. (Sikhs are often mistaken for Muslims and are thus vulnerable to attack). Suggest that he or she join with the Muslim and/or Sikh leaders to organize an inter-faith service.
bulletConsider joining a local group which promotes interfaith dialog. If there is none in your area, consider creating one. The U.S. and Canada are becoming more religiously diverse countries. People need to be aware of the beliefs and practices of religions other that their own.
bulletSuggest to the leaders of any service, educational, or other group to which you belong that they ask representative(s) of a religious minority to speak at the next meeting.
bulletApproach the leaders of the religious education section of your place of worship and suggest that they teach add a course about other world religions to their curriculum. The congregations affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association have been doing this for decades, and can probably provide training materials. The essays on religions in this web site may also be of help.
bulletPetition your local school board to add courses in comparative religion to the curriculum. It can be argued that a person is not truly educated unless they have some knowledge of the beliefs and practices of the world's major religions.
bulletIf you live in the U.S. and are the victim of a religiously motivated attack, call The Office of Victims of Crime at the Department of Justice 1-800-331-0075

Also, you may wish to read an excellent list published by the Unitarian Universalist Association: "Show Your Support! for Arabs, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, Immigrants, and others Who are At-Risk for Harassment," at: http://www.uua.org/uuawo/issues/respond/support.html

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We assert no copyright on this material.
Originally written: 2001-SEP-15
Latest update: 2001-SEP-21
Author: B.A. Robinson

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