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With donations nearing $1 billion to support victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S., President Bush has asked every American child to contribute $1 to a fund to provide medical help and food for children of Afghanistan.

“Their country has been through a great deal of war and suffering,” Bush said at the end of his news conference on Oct. 11. “This is an opportunity to help others, while teaching our own children a valuable lesson about service and character.”

The U.S. has 58 million children under the age of 14, MSNBC reported, and Bush urged them to “wash a car, do a yard for a neighbor” to raise $1 each for the fund.

Total donations to support disaster-recovery efforts in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks now exceed $930 million, The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported Oct. 12.

That includes $370 million raised by the American Red Cross; $164 contributed to the September 11th Fund created by the New York Community Trust and the United Way of New York City; and $35 million raised by the Salvation Army.

In other news involving disaster-relief efforts and the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks:

The United Way of America said 80 percent of Americans surveyed in a recent poll “indicated that the need for continued support for local charities has become even greater following the tragedy.”

Catholic Charities USA told a the Subcommittee on Social Security and Family Policy of the Senate Finance Committee that the economic impact of the Sept. 11 attacks “will only intensify the hardships faced by America’s working poor and will be felt far beyond the epicenters of the terrorist attacks.”

The American Red Cross hopes to convert into continuing supporters at least some new donors who have contributed in the wake of the attacks, DMNews reported Oct. 12.

Owners and manages of shopping centers launched a campaign through Oct. 31 to raise money at 415 shopping centers in the U.S. to be donated to funds supporting families of public safety officers who died in the terrorist attacks.

Forty percent of nonprofits responding to an online survey by the Nonprofit Management Institute at Arizona State University reported that contributed income fell in the 30 days since the attacks, compared to the 30 days before the attacks.

For full story, go to White House, Chronicle of Philanthropy and DMNews.

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