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Wednesday, October 24, 2007; 2:30 PM

Financial Donations

Financial donations can be made to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund online or by calling (800) REDCROSS or (800) 257-7575 for Spanish speakers.

Cash contributions can be made to the Salvation Army through its Web site or by calling (800) SALARMY.

The Los Angeles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is accepting cash donations to support efforts to provide emergency shelter for animals displaced by the fires. Contributions can be made through their Web site or by calling (888) SPCALA1.

Supply Donations

Contact the Goodwill hotline at (888) 446-6394 or visit the Goodwill Web site.

Businesses wishing to donate large quantities of goods for distribution to fire victims can call the Governor's Office of Emergency Services at (800) 750-2858 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. Pacific time.

Volunteer

Individuals wishing to volunteer can go to the governor's CaliforniaVolunteers Web site.

Donate Blood

The wildfires have cancelled blood drives across Southern California and affected the collection of hundreds of units of blood. Eligible blood donors are asked to make an appointment by calling 1-800-GIVE LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visiting www.givelife.org for more information.

Other Resources

If you have been affected by a disaster, the Red Cross provides a Web site for you to register yourself as "safe and well, to communicate with your family members.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency also opened a toll-free emergency family registry and locator telephone number available around-the-clock for missing relatives, at 800-588 9822,

Victims coping with the emotional consequences of the fires can call a United Health Group counseling hotline at (866) 342-6892. The free service provided by the insurance company will be available 24 hours a day for as long as needed.

-- Ilene Rosenblum


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