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Restaurants to raise funds for Katrina victims

The National Restaurant Association will hold "Dine for America" Oct. 5 to raise money for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

For participating restaurants, visit the Web site:

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The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo is supporting relief efforts in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina through its Disaster Relief Fund.

The fund, established last year after the tsunami in Southeast Asia, makes grants to agencies with on-site knowledge and established track records in delivering service.

To donate to the fund, or to another organization through the foundation, call 852-2857.

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The Cattaraugus Community Action Network is seeking local donations and volunteers to distribute aid to Hurricane Katrina victims. Call 945-1041, Ext. 111.

For a list of needed items, consult the Web site:

Monetary donations also can be made, with checks payable to New York State Community Action Association and the notation "Katrina Relief Effort." Donations can be mailed to Cattaraugus Community Action, 25 Jefferson St., Salamanca, N.Y. 14779, Attention: Katrina Relief Effort; or to New York State Community Action Association, 2 Charles Blvd., Guilderland, N.Y. 12084.

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At the request of the Erie County executive's office, FWS Furniture has donated two twin bedroom sets for a family of four who moved here from Biloxi, Miss., after Hurricane Katrina.

The family intends to stay in Buffalo for about two years, and the mother will start work soon at Target, according to Warren Galloway, executive aide.

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The University at Buffalo will offer four vacant positions in its Division of Student Affairs, on a temporary basis for three or six months, to employees of colleges affected by the hurricane, said Dennis R. Black, UB's vice president for student affairs.

UB will provide salary and benefits, and try to find appropriate short-term housing.

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