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Many find ways to help

At a time when it was difficult to find much to be happy about, Carolin Charters of New Middletown was extremely pleased Friday afternoon.
Charters is a waitress at the Shanghai restaurant in Corydon and she was totaling her tips for the day. She had $289.07, plus another $10.93 the restaurant owner threw in to bring the amount to an even $300. Charters sent the money to the American Red Cross to assist victims from last week’s tragedies.
“Since I couldn’t be in New York, I really wanted to help them,” she said. “I’m just so excited. This is a lot of money for 3-1/2 hours for a little Chinese restaurant.”
Many other people looked for ways to help as the news of last week’s devastation spread.
Students at North Harrison Elementary and Upper Elementary schools collected money to give to the WHAS Crusade for Children Relief Fund. NHES Principal Sheryl Burns said her students were going to donate their snack money to the fund.
Instead of their traditional political booth at the Lanesville Heritage Weekend festival, Harrison County Republicans sold flags and buttons.
Republican Rhonda Rhoads said they sold 48 4-by-6-foot plastic flags and 50 smaller plastic replicas of Old Glory. The buttons said, “She’s still there.”
A total of $740.85 will be sent to six different agencies.
“We had six buckets set up for contributions,” Rhoads said. Choices were the International Association of Firefighters, the New York Fraternal Order of Police, the New York Sept. 11 Fund, American Red Cross, Catholic Charities and The Salvation Army.
Republicans will offer the buttons, plus three kinds of T-shirts, at several locations. Proceeds will be divided evenly among the charities.
Starting Friday, buttons, $1 each, and T-shirts, $10, will be available at the Corydon and New Salisbury Smokey’s Discount Tobacco outlets, The Lunchbox in Elizabeth and Kellum Imprints & Trophies in Depauw. Items are also available, at a slightly higher price to cover shipping and handling, on the Internet at www.harrisongop.com.
Businesses interested in carrying the items can contact Lori Davis at 738-4226.
BR Grafix Screenprint Shop in Corydon, a division of Blue River Services Inc., designed a T-shirt depicting a heart-shaped American flag with the words “United We Stand 2001,” available for $10. Half of the cost will go to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
Many turned out Sept. 11 to give blood at Corydon Presbyterian Church. The number was so great that American Red Cross workers stopped accepting potential donors at 4:15 p.m. About 180 pints of blood were collected.
While Americans tried to sustain some normalcy in their lives, they were reminded of the tragedies in subtle ways.
At Saturday’s band contest in Paoli, the North Harrison Marching Cougars had their flag at half-staff during their Iow Jima reenactment. It prompted a Bedford-North Lawrence parent to write a letter to the editor. (See today’s Opinion page in Community.)
Park Place Entertainment, the parent company of Caesars Indiana, closed at 6 p.m. on Sept. 11 and reopened the next day at 9 a.m. All Park Place-owned casinos, including the one at Bridgeport, as well as many other casinos along the strip in Las Vegas, shut off all unessential outdoor lighting from sunset to sunrise.
Caesars spokesperson Judy Hess said they displayed “the largest flag we could find” and purchased 3,000 flag lapel pins for their staff.
The Cinergy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Cinergy Corp., will donate $50,000 to search and rescue teams in Indiana and Ohio that have been dispatched to New York City to assist in the recovery efforts at the World Trade Center.
“The local volunteers who staff these organizations are true heroes, and they will have needs that may be forgotten when they return from the tragedy in New York City,” said Cindery Foundation President Joe Hale. “We salute them for their dedication and selflessness in the face of a national disaster.”
Cinergy is distributing American Flag pins and color prints to the public at its customer service offices in Indiana, Ohio and northern Kentucky.
There are many ways persons can help. Here is a partial list:
* American Red Cross — mail donations to P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013; for information about donating blood, call 1-800-448-3543.
* Salvation Army — to inquire about monetary donations, call 1-800-725-2769.
* United Way of America — The Sept. 11th Fund, specify New York, Washington, Pittsburgh or other affected areas and mail donations to 2 Park Ave., New York, NY 10016; National Response Fund, mail to 701 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314.

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