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A $1 million gift has kicked off a fund created in New York to help victims of Tuesday’s terrorist attacks.

The Sept. 11 Fund, established by the United Way of New York City and the New York Community Trust, already has received $1 million from Williams, an energy firm in Tulsa, Okla., and from Williams Gas Pipeline.

The fund also has received more than $300,000 in other contributions, says Ani Hurwitz, a senior consultant at the community foundation

In North Carolina, the Foundation for the Carolinas in Charlotte and the United Way of Central Carolinas, both in Charlotte, teamed up to create a disaster relief fund.

“It is our hope that this fund will complement other local disaster relief efforts,” says Michael Marsicano, the foundation’s president.

Donations can be made by calling the United Way of New York City at 212-251-4035 or by visiting its Web site, or by calling the Foundation for the Carolinas at 704-376-9541 or the United Way of Central Carolinas at 704-372-7170, or visiting the foundation’s Web site.

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