Charities now face long-term needs of victims of attacks
Immediately after the 11 September terrorist attacks, people gave blood in droves and donated vast quantities of food, water, clothes, batteries and mobile phones for rescue workers.
But long-term needs in the wake of the tragedies in New York, at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania are not so obvious, nor are they things people can easily collect from friends, neighbors or co-workers.
"The needs are decreasing from basic supplies to long-term, more labour-intensive needs," according to John Keightley, vice president for development and communications for Catholic Charities USA, based in the Washington suburb of Alexandria. By last Friday, the organisation had collected $A2 million at the national level to be allocated to diocesan Catholic Charities agencies.