Red Cross needs disaster fund donations

Fri, 09/02/2005 - 3:21pm
By: Joanna Gibson

The American Red Cross is providing temporary shelter at more than 230 locations for victims displaced by damage from Hurricane Katrina.

This is the largest mobilization in the history of the agency, officials said.

Anyone wanting to donate money or in-kind donations can call the local Red Cross agency at 404-870-4440. Volunteers are also needed and can call 404-870-4425.

Several Red Cross shelters have already been opened in metro Atlanta, and more may be necessary, officials said.

The Red Cross, supported in large part by donations from citizens and corporations, is making a plea for financial support to help with hurricane relief efforts.

Secure online donations also may be made at the Red Cross web site,

The situation in Louisiana is so unstable that no one can say for sure how long it will be before thousands of residents can move back into their homes. That could mean an extended response from the Red Cross, which will cut into the agencys funds.

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