Editorial Board 2001-2002
America is in need of a helping hand.
In the aftermath of the most destructive attack on American soil in history, there are widespread feelings of compassion throughout the United States and across the globe. Citizens everywhere want to lend a hand in any way possible.
In order to truly lend a helping hand it may be imperative for us to remain patient. This massive clean-up and the re-building of New York City and Washington, will take months, perhaps even years. It will be a long-term project and one that requires considerable patience and fortitude.
For those interested, the help is certainly needed.
Donating blood is one thing citizens can do to help the survivors. While it is true the blood you donate may not go directly to New York, it will almost certainly help someone in need.
Besides donating blood, there are also a number of organizations and corporations that have set up accounts to receive donations or sent major donations to the relief effort in the United States.
Undoubtedly, these funds will go to a number of projects, organizations and families. These funds will not replace the fine stature of those tremendous twin towers, nor will they in any way come close to replacing the countless loved ones lost in this tragedy.
Both gifts, the blood and the financial donation, will help someone in need, whose life was torn apart in the same violent way two jetliners tore apart the World Trade Centre. Perhaps this is the good that can come out of such evil.
Perhaps this is the light at the end of this dark tunnel.
What You Can Do To Help:
To Donate Blood: Canadian Blood Services (850 Commissioners Rd.) is open for donations today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. There is also a walk-in clinic today at the Byron Firehall #12 (275 Boler Rd.). It is open from noon to 3:30 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.. You can also schedule an appointment for upcoming clinics to be held in the University Community Centre, starting in October. For further information about blood donations, please call 690-3935.
To Donate Money: The Bank of Montreal has established an account to collect proceeds for The Red Cross Society. Donations can be made at any branch, using the transit account number 2442-1039794.
Scotia Bank is accepting donations at the branch level.
The Royal Bank has opened a "September 11th Canadian Red Cross US Aid Appeal Fund," which will accept donations at branches nationwide until mid-October.
To donate directly to The Canadian Red Cross Society, please call 1-800-418-1111. The 24-hour line accepts VISA and MasterCard.