Agencies and vendors offer aid after attacks

Agencies and vendors offer aid after attacks

Tuesday's terrorist attacks brought an unprecedented outpouring of help from citizens, agencies and businesses. Health and Human Services secretary Tommy G. Thompson activated the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and sent teams of workers and tons of rescue equipment and supplies to New York.

Thompson said in a statement that he 'directed the National Institutes of Health to open its blood bank and stay open as long as needed. The response was overwhelming, as it has been at blood banks nationwide. By noon Wednesday, the blood drive was forced to close because NIH had collected all the blood they can store.'

GTSI Corp. of Chantilly, Va., announced it would extend 24-hour verbal telephone ordering privileges to federal IT buyers and would provide technical and other assistance on request. A spokesman said the offer 'has had some takers.'

Microsoft Corp. announced it would give $5 million cash plus $5 million in software and technical services to the United Way in New York. Sprint Corp. donated wireless phones to disaster workers and victims plus $500,000 cash to the American Red Cross. Several online vendors have announced they would donate their profits to the Red Cross.

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