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Governor Huntsman Urges Public to Support American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund

News Release
August 31, 2005

Salt Lake City, Utah - Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., today appealed to residents of Utah to donate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund which will assist victims of Hurricane Katrina and other disasters that happen around the country everyday. A financial gift to the Disaster Relief Fund enables the Red Cross to provide food, shelter, counseling and other assistance to thousands of disaster victims across the country each year. Financial gifts can make a difference in the lives of people who depend on the Red Cross after a large disaster like Hurricane Katrina or the people affected everyday by single-family fires.

The American Red Cross is launching the largest mobilization of resources for a single natural disaster involving thousands of trained disaster relief workers, tons of supplies and shoulders to lean on. The Red Cross has provided a safe haven for almost 40,000 evacuees in more than 230 Red Cross shelters to date. More than 1,900 Red Cross workers, most of whom are volunteers, are being recruited to assist in this relief effort.

"In the past year, the Red Cross spent more than $134 million providing relief across the nation," said Governor Huntsman. "The people of Utah are generous and compassionate citizens who are ready to help their neighbors in time of need."

To make a donation to the Disaster Relief Fund, please call 1-800-HELP-NOW or visit the Red Cross Web site at www.redcross.org.

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