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The National Guard, local fire and police departments, emergency services responders and the Red Cross will display equipment and provide information today until 3 p.m. at the Wal-Mart parking lot.

The display is intended as a show of solidarity and support for the victims of Tuesdays terrorist attacks and for the men and women involved in the rescue, said Maj. Dan McCabe of the National Guard.


The Union County 4-H Leaders Association is setting up a 4-H Helping Hands Across America account at Community Bank to raise funds for 4-H families in New York impacted by Tuesdays tragedy.

Any amount is welcome, said Sherry Nantz, president of the leaders association.

For information call Nantz at 534-6515.


The American Legion in La Grande is giving away small American flags from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day at the legion hall, 301 Fir St.

The flags are usually flown on grave markers during patriotic holidays. Mike Rynearson of the American Legion said the organization will distribute the flags at no cost until they are gone.

Well worry about replacing them later, he said.


Although people are anxious to give blood in response to the attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., no Red Cross blood drives have been scheduled in La Grande until Dec. 18-19 at La Grandes Zion Lutheran Church.

To register for the blood drive, call Debbie Isley at 568-8004. Grande Ronde Hospital is also preparing a list of prospective donors by name, blood type and phone number. To sign up through the hospital, call 963-1470.

The Boise Red Cross office has asked that people who want to donate blood now make monetary donations to the Disaster Relief Fund instead.

The Eastern Oregon Chapter of the Red Cross is accepting inquiries from Oregonians seeking information about their family members who may have been victims of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. People who have been unable to learn about their families may call 962-3036.

Beverly Higley, executive director of the chapter, said people should continue to try all other avenues of contact.

Shoppers at Albertsons in La Grande may donate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund at the store and the national chain will match all donations up to $50,000.

The La Grande store will have cannisters at checkout stands and will accept checks or credit-debit cards.

The Red Cross announced that the La Grande blood drive in early September raised 156 pints, more than the goal of 152 pints.


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