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    More vigils, fund drives planned

    By PIPER JONES CASTILLO

    © St. Petersburg Times,
    published September 14, 2001


    In light of Tuesday's terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, several prayer services and memorials have been scheduled. Nonprofit groups are trying to raise money to help victims and their families. What follows is a list of some of those events.

    Prayer services, vigils, memorials

    A Divine Liturgy service for the Souls Who Passed Away, 10 a.m. today, St. George Coptic Orthodox Church, 2135 W Busch Blvd., Tampa. For information, call (813) 936-2678.

    Prayer gathering, noon today, St. Mark's Episcopal Church of Carrollwood, 13335 Casey Road.

    Memorial and prayer service, 7:30 p.m. today, 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. today, Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave. S, South Pasadena.

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

    Disaster relief efforts

    The American Federation of Government Employees has set up a relief fund for victims employed by the federal government and their families. Send checks to World Trade Center/Pentagon Fund, 8441 W Bowles Ave., Suite 200, Littleton, Colo., (303) 933-7580.

    The American Red Cross is asking for monetary donations only. Send 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. Volunteers 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, toll-free 1-877-741-1444.

    Individuals and corporations can donate to the United Way National Response Fund to assist victims and their families by logging on to http://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, 2 Park Ave., New York, N.Y., 10016. For information, call (212) 251-4035.

    Tampa firefighters will hold a boot drive next Wednesday and Thursday, standing on street corners to collect donations for families of their fallen comrades in New York. Additionally, the firefighters with Local 754 will conduct a mass mailout, and each of the 520 city firefighters also will contribute at least $50 each, said union president Al Suarez.

    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 toll-free 1-800-725-2769.

    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; 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.

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