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Red Cross continues mission to aid Sept. 11 victims

By By SHERRY DIGMON
Advance Staff Writer
Despite a change in leadership and realignment of funds, the American Red Cross continues to aid victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
There has been some controversy surrounding the Red Cross's Liberty Fund which was created after Sept. 11 to support relief efforts. The fund, which according to the national Red Cross office was a short-term fund, has been closed and the proceeds have been put into the Disaster Relief Fund, a general account servicing all kinds of emergencies.
Bernadine Healy, who was the head of the national organization, resigned in part because she wanted the Liberty Fund kept separate.
However, according to a report from the national office, all money in the Liberty Fund will be spent on the Sept. 11 tragedies.
Between Sept. 11 and Oct. 30, the Red Cross has provided direct assistance amounting to $111.3 million. This includes food, temporary shelter, emotional and spiritual counseling, cash assistance for survivors, families of those lost, rescue and recovery workers and others in need, and traditional casework to help those in need get back on their feet.