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    Vigils, memorials, events offer hope after attacks

    By PIPER JONES CASTILLO

    © St. Petersburg Times,
    published September 13, 2001


    Churches, synagogues and other organizations have scheduled prayer vigils and fundraisers in response to the terrorist attack. What follows is a list of some of the events.

    Prayer services, vigils, memorials

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    [Times photo: Thomas M. Goethe]
    University of South Florida students Greg Hyden, left, and Quinton Armstrong shield candle flames from the wind Wednesday after a memorial service student government organized for the victims of the terrorist attacks in New York City and the nation's capital.
    Memorial Mass, 7 p.m. today, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 6 Roosevelt Blvd., Beverly Hills. Prayer service, 7 p.m. today, Our Lady Queen of Peace, 2002 Allamanda Drive, New Port Richey. Service of Reflection and Hope, 7 p.m. today, Temple B'nai Israel, 1685 S Belcher Road, Clearwater.

    Memorial and Prayer service, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Pasadena Community Church, 112 70th St. S, St. Petersburg. Regular Friday night service with special focus on the crisis, including readings, meditations and music, 8 p.m. Friday, Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave. S, South Pasadena.

    Candlelight vigil, 7 p.m. Friday, Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road.

    Community gathering and multimedia service with song, scripture and prayer, 10:45 a.m., Sunday, Christ United Methodist Church, 467 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and Ministerial Association of Greater St. Petersburg community interfaith service, 4 p.m., Sunday. Pasadena Community Church, 112 70th St. S, South Pasadena. In Hernando County, students at Springstead High School in Spring Hill will host a communitywide candlelight vigil 8 p.m. Sunday at the school, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

    Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home and Cemetery, 7950 131st St. N, Seminole, is setting up a memorial book. Signatures and expressions of grief for the victims will be sent to the mayor's office in New York. Notes and signatures will be collected from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday through Sept. 21, at Garden Sanctuary.

    The Hospice of Florida Suncoast will have simultaneous gatherings for the public at 7 p.m. today. Counselors trained in critical incident stress debriefing and Hospice chaplains will be at three Hospice community service centers: 2675 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor; 300 East Bay Drive, Largo; and 5637 49th St. N, Pinellas Park. Call Hospice, 586-4432.

    Prayer service, 9 a.m. to noon today, First Baptist Church of Hernando Beach, 4446 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach.

    Prayer service, 7 p.m. Sunday, Brooksville Assembly of God, 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

    Community candlelight vigil, 8 p.m. Sunday, Springstead High School football stadium, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

    Disaster relief efforts

    The American Federation of Government Employees has set up a fund to provide relief to victims who were employed by the federal government and their families. Send a check to World Trade Center/Pentagon Fund, 8441 W Bowles Ave., Suite 200, Littleton, Colo., 80123-9501.

    The American Red Cross is asking for monetary donations only. Send a check to: American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C., 20013.

    The American Red Cross also has a program to provide emotional and bereavement support to victims of Tuesday's attack. Volunteer workers are required to go through Red Cross training. Health care workers, licensed mental health counselors or therapists who would like information, call the regional headquarters in Tampa, (877) 741-1444.

    Individuals and corporations can donate to the United Way National Response Fund to assist victims and their families by logging on to www.uwopc.org or contacting the United Way of Hillsborough at (813) 274-0900 or the United Way of Pinellas at (727) 535-3545.

    Contributions can be mailed to the United Way of Pinellas, 18401 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater, FL, 33764, or the United Way of Hillsborough, 1000 N Ashley Drive, Suite 800, Tampa, FL, 33602. Checks should be made payable to the United Way Defense Fund.

    The United Way also has teamed up with the New York Community Trust to create the September 11th Fund. The effort is supported by the Council on Foundations based in Washington, D.C. Donors may specify the community where they would like their contributions sent. Send checks to the September 11th Fund, United Way of New York City, Two Park Ave., New York, N.Y., 10016. For information, call (212) 251-4035. The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations. Send checks to the Salvation Army -- Florida Headquarters, P.O. Box 270848, Tampa, FL, 33618. For credit card donations, call (800) 725-2769.

    Mercantile Bank, Bay News 9 and local Clear Channel and Infinity radio stations have created the America Under Attack Fund. All donations will be delivered to the American Red Cross. Donations can be dropped off at Bay News 9, 7901 66th St. N, Pinellas Park; Clear Channel Radio, 4002 Gandy Blvd., Tampa; or Infinity Radio, 5510 W Gray St., Suite 130, Tampa; or any Mercantile Bank location. Checks also can be mailed to: America Under Attack Fund, Mercantile Bank, 8040 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo, FL, 33777.

    Closings, cancellations

    The city of Pinellas Park has postponed its Oldies Concert Saturday at the England Brothers Bandshell, 5141 78th Ave. N, until Sept. 29.

    Academy Day 2001, scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the MacDill Officer's Club, has been canceled.

    Classes at Hillsborough Community College on the MacDill Air Force Base have been canceled through the weekend. For information, call the HCC Plant City campus, (813)757-2102.

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