Fund-raising efforts in the area include:
During last week's fund-raising telethon on Channel 2, which raised about $300,000, women donated money at a ratio of 2-to-1 over men. In addition, about one-quarter of all donations came from Canadian residents, said Craig Thrall, spokesman for the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County.
Kevin Harmon, 7, came up with the bright idea of setting up a Kool-Aid stand in his front yard to raise money for disaster relief. His efforts got him some publicity and drew attention from others who contributed baked goods to the cause. His weekend activities also caught the attention of other area residents who dropped bills and checks into his donation can. His final take: $2,000, according to his mom, Nanette.
A Heroes Fund has been established to assist surviving family members of police, fire and emergency services personnel. Local sheriffs' offices and public safety agencies are accepting donations. Contributions can also be sent directly to Heroes Fund, c/o Fleet Bank, 69 State St., Albany, N.Y. 12207.
HSBC is increasing the amount of money going toward a matching fund earmarked for Red Cross disaster relief. Customer donations received by branches will be matched by HSBC up to $1,000. HSBC spokeswoman Kathleen Rizzo Young said the matching-fund money available has been bumped from $500,000 to $1 million.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to the New York State World Trade Center Relief Fund can pay by credit card at www.state.ny.us. Contributions can also be made by calling (800) 801-8092, or by sending a check to the relief fund at P.O. Box 5028, Albany, N.Y. 12205.
Customers of Rite Aid drugstores can contribute money to the relief effort by purchasing $1 fund-raising certificates available for sale.
The Angels Among Us New York City Victim Fund, established by the Sandra L. Barber and Charles H. Clemons Foundation, is designed to give directly to the surviving victims of the tragedy. All money will be saved until a complete list of victims has been established. Contributions can be sent to Angels Among Us NYC Victim Fund, c/o Bank of Holland, 12 S. Main St., Holland, N.Y. 14080. The group is also collecting needed supplies.
LOCKPORT -- Eight ambulances and 48 firefighters and ambulance workers were called from Niagara County to New York City on Tuesday to help in rescue efforts at the site of the World Trade Center disaster.
Also, three Niagara Falls police officers and four Niagara Falls Fire Department members are in New York to help counsel people who lost loved ones in the terrorist attack.
County Emergency Management Services officials said Emergency Management Coordinator James C. Volkosh and Deputy County Fire Coordinator for Emergency Medical Services Robert Conn left for New York on Tuesday along with volunteers from numerous fire companies and two ambulance companies to assist at the scene, at the request of the state Health Department.
They are expected to return home Thursday, officials said.
The ambulances are from the Barker, Lewiston No. 1, Niagara No. 1, Olcott, South Lockport and Wendelville fire companies, and the Tri-Community and Tri-Town ambulance services. Other volunteer ambulance services were left behind to cover voids left by the units and personnel that will be in New York City, officials said.
Niagara Falls Police Superintendent Christopher J. Carlin said he sent three officers Saturday to help with grief counseling, and Fire Chief William Correa said four of his men were sent to give "critical incident stress debriefing" for people badly affected by the terrorist attack.
Neither chief would name the volunteers, adding that they would return here this weekend.
LEWISTON -- U.S. Rep. John LaFalce, D-Town of Tonawanda, met briefly Tuesday with the resident manager of the Robert Moses Niagara Power Project to learn about security measures in place at the plant.
LaFalce said Tuesday that he had participated in briefings with the operators of vital facilities in his congressional district to become more familiar with their operations and, if necessary, address areas of concern. The Niagara Falls Air Base, the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge and the Small Business Association Disaster Assistance Center were among the institutions he toured Monday and Tuesday.
Though he declined to reveal anything specific regarding his meeting with the resident manager at the power plant, LaFalce said he was satisfied with the contingency plans in place in case there was a breach in security at the plant.
The power plant provides hydroelectric power to several areas throughout the U.S.
Lewiston resident Madeline Reed, a native of Niagara Falls who spent 30 years living in northern New Jersey, was visiting three of her five children in the Garden State a week ago. While staying with her daughter Catherine Sauer in Rockaway, N.J., she never had the opportunity to see her second son, John Salamone.
Salamone, 37, a native of New Jersey, was an employee of Cantor-Fitzgerald and worked on the 104th floor of the first tower of the World Trade Center to be struck by a jetliner in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Cantor Fitzgerald, a bond trading company, had nearly 700 workers missing and presumed dead in the attack.
A memorial service for Salamone is scheduled for Saturday in North Caldwell, N.J.
Salamone was the husband of Mary Ellen and the father of three children -- two sons, Alex and Aiden, and one daughter, Anne. In addition to his mother, Salamone is survived locally by his maternal grandmother, Rose Catalano; an aunt, Katherine Argy of Lewiston; and an uncle, Tom Darro of Niagara Falls. He also is survived by two brothers and two sisters, Michael and Michelle in North Carolina, Catherine in New Jersey and Thomas in Tarrytown.
JAMESTOWN -- Salvation Army grief counselors are on site in lower Manhattan to assist rescue workers.
Part of the team is Capt. Ruben Rodriguez of Jamestown, while other mental health and canteen workers from the Jamestown organization are on call, according to Salvation Army officials.
Donations to support the Salvation Army relief effort can be directed to 83 S. Main St., Jamestown, N.Y. 14701.
BATAVIA -- The first of more than 50 emergency medical personnel left Batavia early Tuesday afternoon to support rescue and recovery workers at the site of the World Trade Center.
Five ambulance units and 30 personnel, including 12 City of Batavia firefighters, will report to the Chelsea Pier on Manhattan's West Side for assignments. A second group -- 25 people in four units -- is scheduled to leave Friday afternoon.
Crews will work a 12-hour shift on arrival, and then return to Batavia.
It took the kindness of a few from Buffalo to get Mary Angelina back home to the New York City area, where she's mourning the loss of her father and brother.
Angelina, 25, was working in Nigeria for the U.S.-run International Republican Institute when she heard word about her father and brother -- the two, both New York City firefighters, were among the first to respond to the attack on the World Trade Center.
Both are missing after the towers collapsed.
Angelina hopped planes from Nigeria to England to Toronto, but her journey home came to an abrupt halt when restricted air travel prevented her from getting a flight from Canada into the United States. Dennis Ryan, Angelina's former co-worker, called Western New York friend David Pietrowski Friday afternoon for help.
By Friday evening, Pietrowski -- vice president of Lovullo Associates, a wholesale insurance company in Depew -- had picked up Angelina from Toronto's Pearson Airport and driven her to Buffalo.
Then Pietrowski called friend Chuck Barone, owner of Esquire Limousine Service in Cheektowaga, who sent a driver and limo, which took Angelina across the state and dropped her off at her family's front door.
Lovullo employees pitched in: Chris Tyler bought towels and toiletries for the weary Angelina to shower; Sharon Kupkowski bought pillows for a comfortable ride home; and a call from Steve Lovullo to Salvatore's Italian Gardens was the final touch.
Salvatore's provided Angelina with a takeout meal of ravioli, bread and salad.
Several other vigils have been planned throughout the area. They include:
Niagara Falls city officials have joined members of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in organizing a candlelight vigil for 6 p.m. today, at Duck Island in Hyde Park off Robbins Drive and Linwood Avenue. There will be a memorial fireworks tribute at dusk.
All Niagara County residents are being encouraged to attend and bring a candle. A prayer service also will be held, and donations will be collected to benefit the disaster relief fund.
Batavia City Councilwoman Rose Mary Christian is organizing a candlelight vigil to be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in Austin Park. Participants are asked to bring candles and flags. City firefighters will set up a booth in the park Saturday to accept donations that will be forwarded to the New York City Fire Department.
A candlelight service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday in Elma at the Elma Village Green, 3007 Bowen Road. Bring flags and candles. Firefighters, Veterans of Foreign Wars posts and local churches will participate. For information, call the town hall at 652-3260.
Area pastors and community leaders will gather for a solemn night of prayer for the nation and the city from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Buffalo Convention Center. The evening of praise and worship also will focus on youth, racism, crime and violence in the city and the quest for unity.
For information, call 565-9484.
The Town of Amherst will dedicate a group of trees on the Ellicott Creek Trailway in memory of those who died in the terrorist attacks Sept. 11. Supervisor Susan J. Grelick said those who want to contribute to purchasing the trees may contact her office at 631-7032. A date and time for the tree-planting ceremony will be announced.
SSS Custom Apparel, 180 Buffalo St., Hamburg, is selling T-shirts, embroidered shirts and hats to raise money for fallen New York City firefighters and their families. All of the items feature the American flag, the date of Sept. 11, 2001, and the words "God Bless America."