Aid training offered in HR

The Hood River Chapter of the American Red Cross received more than 100 calls from local residents on Tuesday after the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and on the Pentagon near Washington, D.C. Hits to the chapter's website exceeded that.

"Individuals are asking how they can demonstrate their care and concern for fellow citizens impacted by these events," said chapter spokesman Don Hoffman.

In addition to the immediate ways people can help by donating blood and making financial contributions to the relief effort, people can be trained to repond to both local and national disasters by becoming volunteers with the Hood River Chapter, according to Hoffman.

New Volunteer Orientation classes will be held Sept. 18 and 25 at 6 p.m. at the chapter's office located at 1100 E. Marina Way, Suite 103. The classes will introduce volunteers to the Red Cross and provide information on services it provides both in the community and nationally. In addition, the first overview course for volunteers interested in disaster relief service, "Introduction to Disaster," will be presented by Red Cross instructors who also will share their domestic and international relief operations experiences with the class.

Anyone interested in attending can pre-register by calling the Red Cross office at 386-6000 or just show up to class.

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