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How to Help

Thursday, September 20, 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.

• A partnership of PNC Financial Services Group, Mine Safety Appliances Co. and investment firm BlackRock Inc. is supplying respirators and hard hats to recovery workers at the World Trade Center site in New York. Mine Safety, a leading manufacturer of environmental safety equipment, is supplying hundreds of half-mask respirators because of the poor air quality at the site, and the companies are supplying 5,000 hard hats with an American flag and the message "United We Stand" emblazoned on them.

PNC also is matching contributions by its employees to the United Way September 11th Fund, while Mine Safety is doing the same for contributions to its company's charitable foundation. BlackRock, which manages $220.5 billion in assets, is matching contributions by employees to the American Red Cross, New York Firefighters' Memorial Fund, the Policemen's Benevolent Association Widows' and Children's Fund and other organizations supporting relief efforts.

• As part of an effort by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THEATRE OWNERS, Carmike Cinemas Inc. and Showcase Cinemas plan to donate all movie ticket and concession sale proceeds at their theaters Tuesday to the American Red Cross and United Way September 11th Fund relief efforts. Carmike has theaters in the Galleria in Mt. Lebanon, South Hills Village, Cranberry and several other locations. Showcase, a division of National Amusements, has multiplexes in Robinson, the North Hills, and Wilkins.

• THE MARS AREA Chamber of Commerce and the Mars Area Redevelopment Committee are accepting cash donations for relief efforts in New York City and Washington, D.C. Donations can be made at Mars National Bank on Grand Avenue in Mars. Checks should be made out to the September 11th Relief Fund.

Here are some of the major organizations accepting donations for the relief effort.

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 the United Way of New York City, 2 Park Ave., New York, NY 10016, or call: (212) 251-4035. All donations should be made payable to the September 11th Fund.

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