Alto Weekly Online Edition
Sept. 14, 2001
Midpeninsula donors step up to help disaster
Red Cross reports generosity of citizens, companies
A Vietnam veteran walked into the Palo Alto chapter of the Red
Cross this week and signed over his $600 tax refund check to help
with disaster relief.
This is only one of many local stories of citizens and companies
generously giving to the cause after the terrorist attacks against
"It was overwhelming," said Pilar Furlong, interim executive director.
Students walked in to volunteer, others asked for directions to
the nearest blood bank.
"Our local community wasted no time in trying to make a difference,"
Local companies also opened their checkbooks.
Hewlett-Packard Co. announced it would provide a $3 million cash
grant to the American Red Cross and will also match up to $2 million
in employee donations to the Red Cross and the United Way of America's
September 11th Fund.
Also, HP will donate equipment, laptps, printers, scanners, digital
cameras, and other electronic devices to relief organizations. The
total equipment donation is about $200,000.
Recipients include: the New York City Trauma Center at Chelsea
Pier for the center's data and communications center, set up for
the families of victims linked to the New York City area hospitals;
American Red Cross Operations; State of New York Attorney General's
Office (disk drives to support restoration of critical data); New
York City; the New York City Police Department.
Agilent Technologies pledged $10,000, Sun Microsystems and Intuit
launched employee fund-raising drives with pledges to match the
dollar amounts raised.
The Red Cross Palo Alto chapter is also hosting emergency disaster
mental health training for local mental health professionals who
would like to assist the Red Cross in debriefing and counseling
people affected by the attacks.
The American Red Cross has begun taking Family Well-Being Inquiries
today from military and civilian families who may be seeking information
regarding immediate family members in New York or Washington, D.C.
Families wishing to make an inquiry can call (650) 688-0415 or (650)
688-0445. These requests will take some time to process.
The most pressing need is for type "O" blood. Blood from those
donors is being taken first.
At Shoreline Amphitheatre, San Jose car dealers associated with
Autonation, a national franchise, are hosting a used car sale Friday
through Sunday, with a percentage of proceeds going toward Red Cross
Those who wish to contribute to the Red Cross relief efforts are
encouraged to make cash donations. Cash is the most effective way
for the Red Cross to provide rapid relief and enables the most flexible
use of resources. Money contributed should be designated for national
disaster relief and 100 percent of the funds will be used to aid
victims of the disaster.
Donors can make a credit card donation by visiting www.paarc.org
or by calling 1-800-HELP NOW. Or, donations can be sent to the American
Red Cross, Palo Alto Area chapter, 400 Mitchell Lane, Palo Alto,