Local terrorism relief efforts
Area blood drivesThere will be a blood drive Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Veteran’s Hall in Truckee. Hours are noon to 6 p.m.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.Emergency relief 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.orgSalvation 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.Realtors form housing fundThe National Association of Realtors has established the Realtors Housing Relief Fund to, “help pay the mortgage and rental costs of the families devastated by the (terrorist) attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.” The association opened the fund by making a $1 million contribution.The local organization of real estate professionals, the Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors, has contributed an additional $10,000 to this fund.Kappy Mann, president of the board, said, “our organization is proud that the national arm of our industry has taken a leadership role during this most tragic event. The care and generosity of our members made this fund possible, and hopefully our professional abilities can help get all those families impacted by this act of terrorism back into housing and on the road to recovery anything we can do we will do to lend stability to these folks whose lives have been so disrupted.”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.Participating therapists include:– 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.