U.S./world – Digging deep – Relief aid pours in

Charity efforts are escalating to support victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that leveled the World Trade Center and damaged the Pentagon.

Donations to a growing number of relief funds such as the Sept. 11 Fund now exceed $200 million, including $55 million given online, but relief workers say they have received enough donations of supplies, according to news reports.

In an unprecedented move, the four main broadcast TV networks are teaming up to plan and produce a two-hour telethon Friday at 9 p.m. Eastern time to raise money for individuals and families who suffered losses in the attacks, The New York Times reported Sept. 19.

An online charity auction launched by eBay to raise $100 million in 100 days for disaster relief has upset some of the online auction site’s sellers, News.com reported Sept. 18.

And the biggest U.S. online retailers are giving prime selling space to the American Red Cross, DMNews reported Sept. 18.

For full story, go to the Los Angeles Daily News, Boston Globe, USAToday, St. Petersburg Times, Chronicle of Philanthropy, ZDNet News, New York Times and News.com.

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