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Wednesday, September 7, 2005
Rhode Islanders Continue with Relief Efforts for Hurricane Victims

Local schools, businesses and community partners in Rhode Island continue to participate in fundraising and relief efforts to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

To date, the Rhode Island chapter of the Red Cross has received $134,962 in contributions. 13 trained volunteers have been deployed to assist in the relief effort with 9 additional volunteers being deployed in the coming days.

In addition, more than 29 individuals throughout Rhode Island are sponsoring fundraising efforts. In all, upwards of 41 organizations and thousands of community members are participating in relief efforts.

145,711 hurricane evacuees have been place in 588 shelters throughout the country with 4 million meals being served.

If you are interested in collecting funds for Hurricane Katrina victims, you will need canisters to collect donations. Please stop by our Chapter Headquarters on 105 Gano Street in Providence. You will need to fill out a simple form and sign for the canisters saying that you are only raising money for this disaster and will return the canisters to us within 5 days of your fundraiser.

American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of this and thousands of other disasters across the country each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need. Call 1-800-HELP NOW or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting

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