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[SEPT. 10, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross and Union Planters Bank in Lincoln have partnered to provide a network of donation locations for people interested in contributing to the relief efforts under way for those affected by hurricanes Charley and Frances. Donations are currently being accepted at all Union Planters Bank facilities in central and north central Illinois.

Donations can be made Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at Union Planters Bank, 303 S. Kickapoo St. in Lincoln.

"We feel good knowing that we will make a difference in the lives of those affected by the hurricanes; however, it is the community members and partners like Union Planters Bank who make what the Red Cross does possible," said Val Friedrich, director of community relations for the Illinois Capital Area Chapter. "By supporting the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund, people can give these victims the greatest gift of all... hope."

The Red Cross continues to operate more than 250 shelters and serves more than 250,000 meals each day to victims displaced by the disaster. Red Cross volunteers are also providing first aid and mental health counseling to those in need and will remain in Florida until services are no longer needed.


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The Illinois Capital Area Chapter has already sent 11 local volunteers to the disaster scene and anticipates sending more in the coming weeks.

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. To help the Red Cross continue to save lives, contributions can also be sent to the Illinois Capital Area Chapter, P.O. Box 1058, 1025 S. Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62705-1058; or by calling (217) 522-3357.

[News release from the Illinois Capital Area Chapter
of the American Red Cross

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