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Tuesday, September 18, 2001

Each day, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette will list companies, organizations and individuals who are contributing to the relief effort following the recent terrorist attacks

• ACUSIS , LLC, a locally based global medical services company, has donated $55,000 to the American Red Cross to support its relief efforts. David Iwinski, Jr., the company CEO, said the contribution is not only from the company, but includes one day's pay given by each of the firm's 150 worldwide associates. ACUSIS is a medical transcription firm that provides rapid documentation of medical diagnoses, test results and other information from doctors and hospitals.

In his letter to employees, Iwinski said: "We live in a complex world and perhaps the one thing that ACUSIS can do in the face of this catastrophe is to provide to all people a small example of how people of different nations, races, religions and cultures can live and work together in harmony and with respect and admiration."

• Giant Eagle Inc. has announced several ways it is helping with the relief effort. The supermarket retailer said it was making an immediate $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross. Its more than 200 stores also will serve as collection points for Red Cross donations, and cashiers will be able to take donations of $1, $2 and $5 at the registers for that organization.

In addition, Giant Eagle said it will make it possible for customers who collect points toward a free turkey to donate the monetary value of the points to the Red Cross. Advantage Card holders who want to donate their turkey points can do so by registering at before Oct. 7.

• Bible Factory Outlet, a Christian retail chain, will use its stores to raise money for the New York Times 9/11 Neediest Fund, which is raising money for several police, firefighter, child assistance and other organizations in New York. Bible Factory Outlet has a store at Prime Outlets in Grove City.

• The Pennsylvania-American Water Co. has donated more than 550 cases of bottled water to rescue workers in New York, Washington, D.C., and Somerset County. That comes to 13,200 bottles.

• GlaxoSmithKline's consumer health division, based in Kennedy, has donated 60 cases of aspirin to Greenville Hospital in Jersey City, N.J., seven miles outside New York.

• The Pittsburgh New Works Festival held a 50-50 raffle this past weekend, and between donating its half of the proceeds and contributions by winners of their parts of the proceeds, the festival was able to provide $808 to the American Red Cross relief efforts.

Here are some of the major organizations accepting donations for the relief effort. A more complete list can be found at the Post-Gazette Web site, Just click on the "how to help" icon.

American Red Cross donations -- To donate money to Red Cross relief efforts call (800) 435-7669.

Salvation Army -- The Salvation Army will accept financial contributions through (800) 725-2769 or at

Sept. 11th Fund -- The United Way has established a fund to help those affected by providing immediate support to established emergency assistance agencies. Contributions to the United Way of America's September 11th Fund can be sent locally to The Pittsburgh Foundation, One PPG Place, 30th Floor, Pittsburgh 15222 or to local United Ways. The United Way of Allegheny County's address is PO Box 64716P, Pittsburgh, 15264. Donations can be made online at Donors can also send contributions to United Way, 2 Park Ave., New York, NY 10016 or call: (212) 251-4035.

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