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Generous donors fund Red Cross tsunami relief needs
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PINELLAS COUNTY – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies announced on Jan. 26 that the $1.2 billion already donated or pledged worldwide for South Asia tsunami relief efforts is sufficient to meet the costs of the entire Red Cross relief program.

The American Red Cross, a partner with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the relief effort, has likewise determined that current contributions from the American public, together with pledges, are adequate to allow it to carry out its immediate and longer-term relief work and ceased new tsunami relief fund-raising activities.

The American Red Cross will continue to provide longer-term support to International Federation Red Cross and Red Crescent Society efforts for as long as necessary.

Financial contributions and pledges from American citizens and foundation and corporate supporters, as of Jan. 26, total $239.6 million, including $887,420 from Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas county residents, corporations and foundations. Florida residents, corporations and foundations donated a total of $7 million.

Help needed at home

The Tampa Bay Chapter has experienced an unprecedented 49 percent increase in the number of families assisted as a result of damage or total loss of their homes by fire. The Chapter relies on the generosity of the Tampa Bay community to provide additional support and funding needed after an increase in demand for services. Please support the local Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross by:

• Making a financial donation to support the Tampa Bay Chapter and its range of life-saving community services, such as disaster relief, the Medical Transportation program and Armed Forces Emergency Services. For planned giving, call (813) 348-4820, Ext. 863.

• Volunteering in a variety of capacities at one of six offices that serve Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties.

• Training to become better prepared for an emergency in the community by taking a course.

The Tampa Bay Chapter offers CPR, First Aid, AED, Nurse Assistant Training, AIDS/HIV Education, Babysitter’s Training, Bloodborne Pathogens, Community Disaster Education and a variety of other life-saving courses with flexible schedules to meet your needs.

Call (877) 741-1444 or visit
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