Financial assistance following the September 11 attacks

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Charities and relief agencies raised over $657 million in the three weeks following the September 11, 2001 attacks, the vast bulk going to immediate survivors and victims' families. While this is a rather large sum, it is small compared to the many billions of dollars paid by the government and private insurance companies.

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Government assistance

In the morning hours of September 21, the Congress approved a bill[which?] to prop up the airline industry and establish a federal fund for victims. The cost of the mostly open-ended fund reached $7 billion (the average payout was $1.8 million per family). Victims of earlier terrorist attacks, including those linked to al-Qaida, were not included in the fund—nor were those who would not surrender the right to hold the airlines legally responsible.[citation needed]

American Red Cross

From the donations to the Emergency Relief Fund, as of 19 November 2001, the American Red Cross granted 3,165 checks to 2,776 families totaling $54.3 million.

172,612 cases were referred to mental health contacts. The 866-GET INFO number received 29,820 calls. As of 3:10 p.m. November 20, 2001, there had been 1,592,295 blood donations since September 11.[citation needed]

Fire Donations took charitable contributions on behalf of firefighters, EMS, and rescue workers.

Other charitable drives

  • For the families of the 79 employees of the Windows of the World Restaurant: Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund, c/o David Berdon & Company, 415 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017.[citation needed]

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