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Because of the call on its resources, it has been impossible for the Red Cross to bring its bloodmobile to the campus sooner than its already planned visit on October 30-31 in Scott Gymnasium. Further details of that blood drive will appear here and in AcaMedia in October. Those wishing to give blood locally sooner than that are being encouraged by the Red Cross to go to the Bloodmobile at the University of Massachusetts on September 17-18. It will take place on both of those days at the UMass Campus Center, Room 174, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. Other options for giving blood include the Cooley Dickinson Hospital, but call first: 582-2668, 582-2669 or 582-267. Callers are instructed to leave names and phone numbers so they be contacted and given appointment times. There will also be opportunities to give blood at the Valley Medical Group, Bernardston Road, Greenfield, September 19 from noon to 5 p.m. and at the Easthampton High School cafeteria September 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Red Cross officials have been overwhelmed by the response to appeals for blood and suggest that there will be an ongoing need for blood so it is not necessary to give immediately.

It is also possible to make financial contributions to the disaster effort through the American Red Cross. To make a donation by credit card, call 1-800-HELP-NOW, or you may make a donation in the form of a check made out to the "American Red Cross," designating "Disaster Relief Fund" on the memo line of the check. Send the check to the American Red Cross, PO Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

Another possible volunteer effort in which individuals may participate is Project Linus, which provides handmade "security blankets" to children experiencing trauma throughout the world. St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City has agreed to distribute Project Linus blankets to children affected by the tragedy in New York. The blankets can be of any size, either quilted, sewn, knit or crocheted. Materials must be completely machine-washable. Those wishing to contribute may contact Sue Stano in the office of student financial services,

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