Sept. 28, 2001

Employees, organizations rally to raise funds to help Sept. 11 victims

Lab employees, well known for their charitable giving each year in the HOME Campaign, are spearheading a number of grassroots efforts to help the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Here’s a sample of the outpouring of support from Lab employees:

• Employees in the Plant Engineering carpenter shop decided to donate their salaries for the time they were sent home on Sept. 11 and have collected $2,700 to date. Donations are being collected through today and all money will go directly to the American Red Cross.

• The Laboratory Services Directorate recently held a barbecue that raised $2,875 for the Firemen’s Fund and the American Red Cross. All food costs for the barbecue were donated by the directorate’s management and several employees. The money was generated from ticket sales as well as collections taken at the barbecue.

• LLESA has organized two special blood drives for Oct. 25 and Nov. 5. Within two days of the announcement, all appointments for both days — more than 100 per day — were filled. A waiting list has been started in case there are any cancellations.

• The Amigos Unidos Hispanic Networking Group is selling tamales to raise money for the American Red Cross. Tamales will be sold for $14 per dozen and $7.50 per half dozen. Pick-up is on Friday, Oct. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the LLNL pool area. For more information or to pre-order your tamales, contact Yahel De La Cruz, 4-3507.

• The Chinese American Networking Group is planning to donate all profits from its egg roll sales at the Run for HOME on Oct. 31 to the American Red Cross’ special Sept. 11 fund. To pre-order egg rolls, contact Eric Chow at chow6 [at] or 2-0552.

• In NAI’s Q Division, employees took up a collection for the American Red Cross and netted $1,311.

• Employees’ children who attend the Children’s Center are also doing their part. The school-age children are donating $184.51 to the American Red Cross. The children raised the money over the summer in the hope of collecting enough to adopt a manatee and buy one acre each of the Children’s Rainforest in Brazil and one acre of the coral reef in Indonesia. They were able to accomplish their goal as well as donate their extra money to the relief effort.

• The HOME Campaign is adding various funds, such as the American Red Cross and Sept. 11 Fund, to the list of charities for this year’s campaign.

In addition, Johnson Controls, which provides supplemental labor employees to the Laboratory, has announced that it will donate $1 million to the American Red Cross to support disaster relief efforts.

If your program is raising funds to help the victims of Sept. 11 and you would like some recognition, call Newsline at 3-3103.