9/13/01: Local chapter of Red Cross collects $182,000

9/13/01: Local chapter of Red Cross collects $182,000

This story originally appeared on Sept. 13, 2001.

In just over 24 hours, local residents gave more than $180,000 to relief efforts for the attacks in New York and Washington.

Barbara Payne, executive director of the Illini Prairie Chapter of the Red Cross, said today the agency collected $182,000 from 3 p.m. Tuesday through 7 p.m. Wednesday.

"The passion of this community has been phenomenal," she said.

All of the money will be going to the national disaster connected with the terrorist bombings, she said. All checks earmarked for New York in particular will go there.

Some checks were specified variously as "New York tragedy, 9-1-1 tragedy, World Trade Center tragedy," she said.

If people want their money to go directly to New York, it should be specified, and they can call the Red Cross if they have questions, she said.

Donations keep coming in and will continue to do so, she said, as schools, civic organizations and individuals feel compelled to contribute. The Red Cross is already out of collection canisters, she added, cautioning individuals to know the identity of the collectors.

"I don't think that's much of a problem. I feel the honesty of the American public is at an all-time high," she said.

Payne also asked that any organizations collecting on behalf of the Red Cross put donations they collect in the form of a check before giving.

"We don't even know how many are collecting but it's been a phenomenal effort. We saw it before with the floods and the Oklahoma City bombing, but nothing like this."



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