As we try to comprehend the scope of Tuesday's tragedy, America's collective thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

Here's what you can do to help:

American Red Cross needs financial and blood donations. Call your local Red Cross chapter or 1-800-GIVE-LIFE. The Red Cross web site has been down periodically due to a large volume of concerned netizens, but may be accessible at:

http://www.redcross.orgThey are currently most in need of types O and RH negative blood.

The Salvation Army will be helping as always now and later.  Your support and generosity will be greatly appreciated. 


Additional information:

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As a reminder, the toll-free phone number for families in the US
to call is 1-800-932-8555. International toll-free numbers are
listed below.

Belgium: 027133646
China: 10800110008
France: 0169199659
Germany: 06966985407
Italy: 024829813
Japan: 00531114487
United Kingdom: 08458444777 or 02088227766
The Netherlands: 0202013708

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Customers who wish to receive information about
relatives should call Americanís response number
at 1-800-245-0999.


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The ultimate goal is bringing to justice the individuals or
organizations responsible for these horrific criminal acts.
We encourage anyone with any information or tips to
immediately contact the FBI at


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The Red Cross also has advice posted on their website that can help
people deal with their feelings brought about by the terrorist attack.
Among recommendations for coping:

Let us pull together as a nation to demonstrate our compassion
and strength in this time of great sorrow.