Above left to right are Captain John Harber (SPFD), Mark Eaton representing the Ministerial Association, Chief Paul Skeels (SPFD), and Assistant Fire Chief Rick Arazia. The Ministerial Association handed a check to the fire department. The money, over $900, was collected at the Friday night prayer and remembrance ceremony. Photo by Jerry Byrum

Giving reaching record heights for victims of terrorist attacks

September 28, 2001
Santa Paula News
By Peggy Kelly Santa Paula TimesGiving has reached record heights as Americans and supporters throughout the world have opened their hearts - and wallets - for those affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York?s landmark World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon.And more donations are needed for everything from financial help for the families of the killed and missing firefighters and police officers to funds to help victims pay the mortgage and rent during these these times of crisis.Over 6000 people were killed - most are still missing - when terrorists hijacked four airliners and crashed them into the 110-story World Trade Center towers, both of which collapsed within about an hour of being struck, and the Pentagon. A fourth jet crashed in a field near Pittsburgh after the passengers reportedly rushed the terrorists.Blood donation centers across the country have seen record numbers of contributors and are asking that those yet to donate blood to wait a week or so. . .blood, which has a limited shelf life, will be needed on a steady basis for quite a while and fresh supplies are important.Close to home, the Santa Paula Ministerial Association has started a fund to benefit the families of firefighters lost in the attacks and already raised over $900; in New York alone about 300 firefighters, including top department officials, were killed in the collapse of the WTC towers. Checks should be made out to the S.P.M.A. (Santa Paula Ministerial Association) and can be mailed to or dropped off at Calvary Chapel of Santa Paula, Santa Paula First Baptist Church, St. Sebastian Catholic Church, First United Methodist Church, Valley Community Foursquare Church, Templo De Milagros Foursquare Church, Universalist Unitarian Church, El Buen Pastor/Spanish United Methodist Church, or to any member of the Bahai Faith organization.
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has made an initial donation of $1 million to its newly established the Realtors Housing Relief Fund to help pay the mortgage and rental costs of families devastated by the attacks.Families of victims, including fire and emergency personnel, will be eligible for assistance. Credit card donations can be made by calling 1-800-874-6500; checks made out to the Realtors Housing Relief Fund can be mailed to the Ventura County Coastal Association of Realtors, 2001 Solar Drive, Suite 150, Oxnard, CA 93030.Also accepting credit card donations over the telephone are the American Red Cross (1-800-435-7669), The United Way September 11th Fund (1-212-251-4035), the Salvation Army (1-800-725-2769) and the New York Police and Fire Widows? & Children?s Benefit Fund (1-212-227-3700).

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