Thursday, October 18, 2001

"Caring counters terrorism" -Parry Aftab of CyberAngels

The mass murders in New York City, Washington, DC, and southwestern Pennsylvania may have stopped -for now, at least- but the terror and pain from a day with more casualties than Pearl Harbor and D-Day combined will persist. As Shakespeare said, "The evil that men do lives after them. The good is oft interred with their bones."

But that most American of the Founding Fathers, Thomas Paine, spoke for his time and ours in The Rights of Man when he said, "My country is the world and my religion is to do good."

Even amid the chaos and horror, we can do good, too. Below are several sites and online resources where you can donate money -try to give at least $10. That means giving up at most a movie and a small bag of popcorn- and blood and help to the victims of terrorism.

If you feel it's not worth it because the damage seems so great and your contribution seems so small, remember something else Shakespeare wrote: "How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world."

¤CyberAngels Family Match

The CyberAngels Family Match program can help those with relatives misisng in the attacks. Families are assigned to a Cyberangel, who will gather information about the missing person, and post photos of them at their site along with identifying information. Then, when any info comes in about that person, Cyberangels will check it out, acting as a buffer between the family and any nutcases or crooks.

Those with Internet searching skills are encouraged to join and help this worthy cause.

¤Thoroughbred Charities of America
At the TCA's annual benefit on December 1, donors of "stallion seasons" may request the proceeds go to the NY Hero's Fund. The TCA has already given $50,000 to the Fund.

¤Federal Employees Education & Assistance Fund
Donations to the Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund's FEEA World Trade Center/Pentagon Fund will go to travel expenses for victims' relatives, funeral costs and other immediate financial needs.for the families of civilian federal employees

¤New York Times 9/11 Neediest Fund
The New York Times 9/11 Neediest Fund is collecting money to help relieve the suffering of families of both civilians and rescue workers. The money gathered will be disbursed through seven social service agencies and three foundations.

The national and international disaster relief organization, AmeriCares, has set up a "Heroes' Fund'' for the spouses and children of those New York City firefighters, police officers, and uniformed Port Authority employees, who perished on 9/11.

¤Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund
While there is a safety and security financial net for uniformed and professional workers who died on 9/11, others -78 foodservice employees of the Windows on the World restaurant on the 106th and 107th floors of the North tower who are missing- had none. The Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund will take contributions to ease their suffering. They are also sponsoring an Oct. 11th event in which participating restaurants around the country will donate at least ten percent of their evening's sales to the Fund. The proceeds will then go to the families of those presumed dead

¤The ASPCA has set up a command center and hotline to find and care for the pets of those who were lost in the terrorist attack. Over 200 pets have been rescued from evacuated homes and more than 300 have been treated for dehydration, respiratory distress, and shock.You can report a lost or stranded animal at 212-876-7700, ext. 4PET or email

¤Petco and the Petco Foundation are raising money for bandages, booties, eye wipes, pet carriers, and bags of dog food for the K-9 rescue dogs. They're also joining forces with local animal groups to find new homes for the many pets now without anyone to care for them.

¤Feed The Children
Based on their experience with the Oklahoma City bombing, Feed the Children knows that recovery workers and victims’ families will need supplies not for days but for months to come. Besides money for relief efforts, the FTC needs eye drops, new socks, new work boots, new hard hats with lights, Band-Aids, talcum powder, work gloves, bottled water, and more items you can check at their site.

¤Yahoo Points Relief Fund and Yahoo offer a combined program for users of the Yahoo Points program to redeem their points for donations. The money they collect will be given to the families, children, and widows of the firefighters and police officers, as well as families of the passengers and airline employees who died in the four airplane hijackings. The money will also be used to find missing persons and fund efforts to build a memorial.

¤ebay's the Auction for America: $100 Million in 100 Days
Over the next 100 days, eBay members can buy and sell any item -from Barbie dolls to diamond rings to doggy sunglasses- and donate the proceeds to groups like the Red Cross and the September 11th Fund. eBay will waive all the usual listing, final value, and processing fees. Members can simply donate money directly, too.

¤The American Red Cross
Make an online donation, or plug in your Zip code to find out where to give blood. Type O and all Rh Negative donors are the most urgently needed right now -and they'll have to be replenished when this is over.

The Red Cross reports that in some areas they've been swamped with more blood donations than they can handle. If your local Red Cross is having trouble handling all the people who want to help, wait until the donations start to fall off. Then, contact your local Red Cross or call 800-GIVE-LIFE to find the best time to give the gift of life.

¤New York Red Cross
The New York branch of the Red Cross takes credit card donations (or donations made through your checking account debit card) here of at least $10.

¤1-877-REDCROSS or send an email to:
If you're interested in making a donation of goods, please call this number or email this address.

¤'s page devoted to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund
Here you can contribute from $1 to $100. Amazon has waived all their usual fees for this kind of project and is donating every cent you contribute.

¤PayPal relief fund
The popular payment transfer site has created a special fund to help its members provide assistance to those affected by this tragic event. Registered users can easily transmit money, which goes to the National Disaster Relief Fund of the American Red Cross.

¤United Way of New York City
One hundred percent of your online contribution to the United Way's September 11th Fund will go to support vital services for victims and their families.

¤Catholic Charities USA
The 1,400 local agencies and institutions that make up Catholic Charities provide social services across the country to more than 10 million people. You can contribute money directly online, make a gift of stock to help out the needy, or use the site's database to locate a Catholic Charity center near you.

All proceeds you give to the Firefighter, EMS, and Rescue Relief Fund through a credit card or electronic check will go to the survivors of New York's bravest.

¤Salvation Army
The "specific use" option at the venerable Salvation Army's donation page lets you target the areas you feel are the most in need.

¤Yahoo PayDirect
Help out with relief efforts by making a donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund through this Yahoo page.

¤Mercy Corps
The Mercy Corps and its How to Help page offers trauma counseling for survivors, and families of the victims, as well as scholarship funds for children who have lost parents.

¤Mennonite Central Committee
Reflecting their call to care for the "hungry and thirsty, the stranger, the sick," the Mennonite Disaster Service Online's Restoring Hope Fund will do its part to relieve the suffering.

¤ can steer you to organizations coming to the rescue in this crisis, from where to give blood to where to give money.

¤Emergency supplies
New York city is taking your e-mails about donations of various emergency goods and supplies at this page.

¤Volunteer Yourself
You can volunteer general services by calling 800-801-8092. Please note: The most important need at the moment is heavy machinery.