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Local efforts to aid terrorism victims

Area blood drivesA blood drive is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 3 in Tahoe City at the fire station.There will be a blood drive Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Veteran’s Hall in Truckee. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. but expanded times may be offered.Local firefighters set up fundThe North Tahoe Fire Protection District has set up a memorial fund for local residents who wish to contribute monetary aid. The Tahoe Regional World Trade Center Memorial Fund has been set up to benefit the attack victims’ families as well as rescue workers.Those wishing to contribute may make donations to the Tahoe Regional World Trade Center Memorial Fund at any Bank of the West, all local fire and sheriff’s stations.Checks should be made payable to TRWTCMF. All monies will be split 50 percent to the families of firefighters and peace officers killed during rescue efforts, and 50 percent to the families of innocent victims.Fire and sheriff’s stations participating in the drive are: North Tahoe Fire Protection District, Truckee Fire Protection District, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District (Incline Village), Northstar Fire District, Squaw Valley Fire District, Meeks Bay Fire Protection District and Donner Summit Fire District. Law enforcement agencies participating in the drive are the Placer and Nevada county sheriff’s offices and the Truckee Police Department.Hands on for healing benefitsTahoe and Truckee massage therapists and body workers will be offering massages during the coming weeks, with all proceeds to benefit the victims of the World Trade Center disaster and their families. Funds will be collected for either the Red Cross, the United Way September 11th Fund or the Firemen’s Benefit Fund, depending on the therapist.Each therapist will be offering massages at their own locations and on the day specified below. In order to allow all their therapists to participate, Lighthouse Massage will instead offer a full week in which 25 percent will go to the above charities. Please call ahead for an appointment.Participating therapists:–Sierra Acupuncture & Herbs, 15695 Donner Pass Road #105, Truckee, (530) 587-8884, Saturday, Sept. 29– Lighthouse Massage behind Safeway, Tahoe City, (530) 583-8100, Sept. 28-Oct. 4 (25 percent of fees to relief efforts all week)–Jared Power, at office of Dr. Andrew Jenison, 3080 North Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, (530) 583-8343, Saturday, Sept. 29– Dianne Peterson, 10098 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, (530) 412-1627, Tuesday, Oct. 2– Truckee Massage & Wellness Center, 10466 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, (530) 550-9910, Thursday, Oct. 11United Way starts ‘Sept. 11 Fund’The United Way of Nevada County has established the “Nevada County September 11th Fund” to coordinate financial assistance for the victims and their families and others affected by the East Coast tragedies.The fund is designed to focus donations on a single targeted action, identified by a leadership committee representing local business, government, media, community-based organizations and the public at large.To contribute to the fund, call (530) 265-9082 or log on to http://www.uwnc.org. Checks and money orders are also being accepted by mail at: Nevada County September 11th Fund, c/o United Way of Nevada County, P.O. Box 2733, Grass Valley, 95945.Emergencyrelief effortsAmerican Red Cross, blood supply:– The American Red Cross is in need of blood to replenish the nation’s supply. Call 1-800-HELP-NOW to schedule an appointment near where you live.American Red Cross, cash donations:– (800) HELP-NOWHelping.org:– For more information on helping victims of the U.S. attacks, visit Helping.orgUnited Way, donations:– The United Way of New York and the New York Community Trust have established a fund to help the victims of the attacks and their families. The September 11th Fund will provide immediate support to established emergency assistance agencies. Anyone wishing to contribute may send their donations in care of United Way, 2 Park Ave, New York, New York, 10016 or call: (212) 251-4035. Donations are also being accepted on United Way of New York City’s Web site: http://www.uwnyc. org.Salvation Army, cash donations:– (800) SAL-ARMYWorld Vision– Donations are being accepted for World Vision’s American Relief Fund at the organization’s Web site or by calling 1-888-511-6593.Help orphaned pets at clinicDue to the terrorist attacks, thousands of pets in the New York area became homeless with the death of their owners.On Saturday, Oct. 6, Critter Care and the Humane Society will hold a free pet vaccination clinic for dogs and cats at Sierra Mountain Middle School from noon to 3 p.m.Donations will be taken in lieu of vaccination fees, and used to help the orphaned animals in New York through Petco’s fund-raising fund.For more information call 587-5948.