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from President Benoni Chamber of Commerce, South Africa

“Dear All,
Please accept our sincerest condolences to the People of New York and the families that
have lost loved ones. We stand in solidarity with you in condemning this action.
From the Chambers of Commerce of the East Rand in South Africa, we pledge our
support. If we can be of assistance in any way, however small, we will gladly do so.
Please advise where we can assist.
Kind regards
Shaugn Vorster”

ALBANIA

From Floreta Luli-Faber, Exec. Dir. AmCham

“Dear colleagues and friends,

In this new day of a new era, on behalf of the AmCham in Albania and myself, I would
like to extend to all of you our support and friendship in the hope that none of you,
neither your friends or relatives incurred in the terrible facts of Tuesday.

We are shocked and devastated by what has happened, but we want to let you know that
we think of you and we are close to your sorrow.

We all pray together for a better tomorrow.”

AUSTRALIA

from Kylie, Australia

“Hello,
My name is Kylie. I'm in Australia... i am sooooo deeply sorry for all tragedy which
occurred on Tuesday. My heart goes out to everyone who has been involved with the
WTC, who either didn’t make it or fortunately did. All Australians support America in
what has to happen now for the rest of us to feel safe again. God bless you all”

from a family in Australia

“We are shocked and horrified by the visions we have seen of your city's recent tragedy.
We are praying for you and hope that peace will return to your lives soon. May God be
with you all.”

From the Chamber of Commerce of Western Australia
“May I on behalf of the members and staff of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of
Western Australia offer our sincere condolences on the terrible tragedy which has
befallen your great city.
Our thoughts our prayers and our best wishes go out to everyone in New York especially
to those who have suffered the loss of loved ones and colleagues and to the people who
desperately await news of loved ones who are still missing.

Lyndon Rowe
Chief Executive”

From the Bribie Island Chamber of Commerce

“Dear President,
The members of this Chamber send our heartfelt condolences to the families of those lost
in the terrorist attack on your country.

All of Australia is deeply saddened by this barbaric incident and although we are far
away in distance our hearts feel so close to our friends in the USA.

We hope this attack will backfire on the terrorists by way of it causing the unification of
all the civilized peoples of the world and therefore creating an all out effort to eliminate
these sadistic self-serving insane murderers from the face of the earth forever.

Our thoughts and hearts go out to all involved.

Sincerely,
Terry Scarborough”

CANADA

from Bon Accord and District of Commerce/Canada

“To the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

This email address passed to us from the Alberta Chamber of Commerce in Edmonton,
Alberta, Canada. We as so many have been glued to our television sets in the wake of the
tragedy you have all incurred.
This has affected many worldwide and words cannot express how people here feel about
what has happened. It is tragic and unspeakable. Please know that Canadians and we as
Chamber members are think of you and the all families and friends that will be forever
effected by this. Our thoughts, prayers, and ongoing best wishes go out to all of you
there.
The right words are hard to find at a time like this…all we can do is hope for you and say
we are so very sorry.

Sincere thoughts and kindest wishes,
Elaine Hildebrand”

from Woodstock District Chamber of Commerce, Ontario, Canada

“The members, directors and staff of the Woodstock District Chamber of Commerce of
Woodstock, Ontario, Canada wish to extend to the citizens and business community of
New York City our sincerest expression of regret for the horrific events that have taken
place in the past week in your great city.

Our Chamber, along with millions of Canadians wishes to offer our support with our
prayers and condolences to the citizens, business workers and to the brave members of
the emergency services who were involved in this tragic happening.

We have joined with you today to pause and reflect on this moment and wish you
strength and well being for the future.”

From Huntsville, Ontario

“My name is Heather. My heart goes out to everyone involved all across our country. I
wish I could be there to give everyone who needs a hug.

I’m inviting any family to my house who needs to heal. Families of firemen,
women/police/doctors, etc.

God be with us all.
Heather”

from Campbell River, BC Canada

“…We here in Canada, are all shocked and saddened by the events. May God be with
you in your time of need.”

from Ms Betts, Canada at rich_nab@hotmail.com

“Dear rep:
         I am a school teacher from Canada who has collected letters from school children
here & in the States & need an address to send these letters to other school children who
are in the Manhattan area. They are letters of support from kids. The Red Cross told me
to contact your office. Should I send the letters to the Chamber of Commerce office & if
so...is there a special person in your office that I should address the package to?
Thank you for your quick response...
Ms. Betts”

from Laura Lee Musson, Ontario Canada

“I am from Lefroy, Ontario, Canada, and I just wanted to tell you that all of us in this area
send warm thoughts, and if we could hugs. Although we don't know each other, in times
like this, we could all use a hug.
We, too, will be remembering. Tonight everyone will light a candle at 7 pm ET. You are
not alone, and our thoughts and prayers are with you.”

from Jean-François David, Quebec, Canada
“It was not possible to send this e-mail to City Hall so I'm sending it to you. My name is
Jean-François David, I'm a 37 years old French Canadian from St-Romuald on the south
shore of Quebec City in Quebec Canada. I've decided to write this letter in an effort to
forward my love, support and deepest sympathy to the American people in these
unfortunate times. I feel so helpless and so much emotions that I don't know where to
start. When I was 19 years old, I went on a trip to New York City and one of the many
wonderful things that I did during my stay, was to visit the World Trade Center. Today,
I'm feeling the pain of many American families that are and will be wounded by this
tragedy. Watching the news, I saw people, on the sidewalk, crying with pictures in there
hands of there love ones who are missing. At that moment, I came to grips with the
horrifying reality of this situation and I became angry and very, very sad. This will
change forever the course of history and we can't begin to imagine all the
repercussions this event will have in the future. One can only hope that this will be the
start of a new era of peace and liberty in the world. But it will only come by eliminating
terrorism once and for all!!! I work as a customer service agent for a company that
exports goods to the States and every day I do business with American people and
companies and in many cases, even if we are miles apart, these people feel like very good
friends, almost family. I grew up deeply influenced by the United States and I've always
admired the powerful sense of belonging and patriotism of the American people and
these events feel like they happened in my own back yard. But on the other hand, I'm so
far away that I'm unable to do anything to help. This is very frustrating. I know that it
won't change anything and that it won't heel any pain or suffering, but in my own way, I
hope that my effort, will help influence the world to live in peace.
God Bless America!”

from L Ullmann, Kienberg Bed & Breakfast

“Over the last few days we have watched in horror and disbelief as the news came across
our T.V. screens. Within our own family there is a sadness for the lives lost and a fear of
what the future brings for them. In our small town the feeling is magnified again . Across
Canada as we talk with our friends and families we here these same fears repeated over
and over. The sadness is real. Our hearts and minds are with all of you at this time.

I wrote a short poem a few days ago about losing a loved one and I think that it speaks for
itself. I send it to you now as a token of our support from the people of Canada. “

LIVE LIFE

“In a moment of time
And the flash of an eye
You're left holding nothing
No chance for goodbye.

So catch hold of this moment
And savor it true
For in years passing swiftly
These are the memories that carry you through.

Hold tight, work hard, love life, laugh lots.
Remember........

Dedicated to all those who touched our lives.
L.Ullmann

I did not know where to send this to so am hoping you will send it to those that need it
most.

In deepest sympathy.”

from Spruce Grove, AB Canada

“I represent an Information Technology company. I am sending this letter because our
company would like to express our sorrow and condolences to all those people and
businesses that have been effected by this tragedy.
I am writing this letter to offer our companies resources to any business that may need
any form of Information Technology Resources. We are offering our services to those
companies effected by this horrible tragedy. We offer our services at a discounted rates to
those companies effected.
Our company wants to help in any way we can in this time of tragedy.
Even from the farthest edges of the nation our thoughts are with you. God Bless. Amber”

From the Lacombe & District Chamber of Commerce

“We in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada cannot begin to imagine the terror and pain inflicted
upon the citizens of New York and the United States by the horrific and senseless actions
of September 11th. Our thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you as you
struggle to overcome this horrible tragedy. We extend out sympathy to the families and
friends of the victims.
Joyce Fitzgerald,
Office Manager”

CHINA

From the Qingdao Government of Shandong province

“Dear Ms. Nancy,
…I am shocked to know that your country are raided by a series of terrorists. I hope you
and your organization are not got involved in this unfortunate affairs. God will save the
kind and innocent people, I think.
Ji Yongshi”

FRANCE

from Stéphanie and Gilbert Gucciardi, Cannes, France

“We can't stop thinking of you. We are with you. We love you. We are watching at CNN
all day and we would like to be able to do something for you. We gave our blood, but
what else can we do? Tomorrow we are going to do 3 minutes of silence, at noon, but the
silence is inside ourselves. We are suffering with you, we are praying for you, we love
you.”

Group of people from Cannes, France

“Dear America, dear Americans,
We give you our support, we offer you our sympathy, we think of you, don't lose heart,
we believe in you, we love you. America will survive. Americans will be stronger. Love
Bless America.”

from Christophe Conza, Niort-France

“I'm french and i just want to express my sincere sympathy and my prayer for this
horrible attempts in NYand Washington.”

GERMANY

from “a little town in Germany”

“a great disaster is going on and have "visited" your state.- and your nice town! it`s so
sadly so , sorry we can found the words for this psychogenic action.!
we are a very small town in Germany but we can feel with you and all the peoples of the
united states!! We think on the death peoples in the earliest hours of this day.-you have
all our compliments !! we wish you all the best and we hope, your president will be
found the right way .-we think with you all.”

from Thomas Mueller, former MCC intern Germany

“Over here, everything changed. I had to see live what happened...the crash of one of the
towers, the evacuation of the building I work in, crying and collapsing people that tried to
reach friends and relatives for hours - but only some of them had luck. Live is still far
from what it was last week. Today I went to work again, but I did not even work one
minute. Bomb threats to one of our buildings two blocks away, against Grand Central
Station and other buildings...then Bush's and Powell's statements on the planned
retaliation, which will - and I really am sure he means what he says - not be single
attacks. The world is at war - this is reality here in New York. Fighter planes in the sky,
military in the streets....I still can't believe what happened and I don't even want to
imagine what is going to happen in the next weeks or months….anger is something that
brings along a strong force, but we should all try to forgive because we can't change what
happened. We only can look forward and with all our efforts as civilized people prevent
things like what happened this Tuesday here in New York.”

INDIA, PAKISTAN, IRAN

from Broadlink Overseas Pvt Ltd., India

“The terrorist attack on America is a matter of great sorrow and shame. Certainly the
terrorists are enemy of peace, humanity and civilization. God will not forgive the culprits
of this act. We all condemn this shame full massacre and pray for those who died that
their SOUL MAY REST IN PEACE and those who are injured MAY GET WELL
SOON. Also May God give patience to their family, friends and relatives to overcome
from this grief and mental agony.”

from Umar Hayat, Magnipak Corporation, Pakistan

“Dear Nancy

I am ashamed over the RE-ACTION you mentioned. No Nation should ever own its
FANATICS howsoever strong, powerful and influential they might be. They never
represent anyone other than their misguided self interests.

We are today living in a global village. We always must show tolerance to each other at
least if not total acceptance.
Again I share your grievances from the core of my heart.

Best regards”

from Ali Naqui Khamoushi, Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines

“Dear Sir,
With outmost sorrow and utter feeling of disgust for the unprovoked tragic display of
inhumanity and evil act of terrorism that occurred on the morning of 11th September
2001 which subsequently took the lives of thousands of innocent people.

We, who are ourselves among the victims of terrorism, unfathomable feel the
overwhelming pain the survivors, the victim’s families, and all the great Nation of the
United States endure.

Let us wish that all nations, in concert with their governments, give hand to unearth the
roots of terrorism, and remove it with a resolute determination-delivering the world from
this devastating plague.

Once again I can not express my feeling of sorrow and give you, the people of The
United States and the peace loving citizens of the world my deepest condolences.

We offer our prayers for the souls of all victims and their surviving family and ask the
almighty to provide you with strength and comfort in this grave human catastrophe.

Yours Sincerely,
Ali Naqi Khamoushi, President”

ITALY, IRELAND, BELGIUM

from Fae, Italy

“We hope that you and your families are well. Sorry for all American people that dead.
God Bless You.”

from Eileen, Ireland

“I am just a private individual from Ireland, who got your e-mail address from the
internet. I would like to contact as many firms in New York and America to just let you
all know how deeply shocked and saddened we in Ireland are over what happened in
New York. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, we can't comprehend the awful
tragedy of it all.
Please know that you're not alone.
With our warmest regards,
Eileen”

from an intern program through HEC-Liege, Belgium

“Yesterday was a tragedy for the US, and for all of us here in Europe too.
On behalf of HEC-Liege, let me share our deepest sympathy with you all on this most ill-
fated day, and we can only hope that you have not lost friends or relatives in the attacks.
You have good friends in Liege who will stand by you throughout this ordeal.
We also wish to state that we will NOT surrender to terror and panic. We know that our
students are in good hands in your institutions. Therefore their study stays should
continue uninterrupted. We have contacted all of them and are quite proud of their mature
reactions to the recent events. We are not considering bringing them home, unless they
should desire it.
You have our friendship, encouragements and trust, as always.
Our very best wishes.”

from Belgium, HEC Liege

“Just so you know we are sharing your sadness and hurt, the 15 member States of the
European Union will observe 3 minutes of silence tomorrow at 12:00 pm (GMT+1)
countrywide, and September 14th has been declared a day of mourning throughout the
European Union for all the casualties of Tuesday's infamous attacks.
Our prayers and thoughts will go to you.”

from Mimi Brame for Connexion USA, European Interns in America

“Tuesday's tragic events in NYC, Washington DC and Pennsylvania have deeply moved
us. Our thoughts, condolences and prayers go out to everyone who continues to be
touched by this, but especially to those who may have lost loved ones.
In an effort to regain courage and strength, our European Interns Organization with the
French MBA International students from French Universities offer their hands, time and
qualified experience, to you and your company to work, to rebuild what may have been
destroyed or lost, and want to contribute to work ahead .
If you need help, let us know , as the French graduate students of our Universities all
want to give a hand and can come to act immediately as needed.
This is our way to show you we care and want to help and support .
With our Best Feelings”

NEW ZEALAND

From the Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry

“On behalf of Chambers of Commerce in New Zealand, please allow us to express our
very real regret and sorrow for the loss of life and injury that has occurred in the United
States today.

Irrespective of whether the terrorist attack is an attack on business, democracy, or other
life values, their actions are an unacceptable expression and the consequences equally
unforgivable.

You have our support in this time of grief.

Sincerely,
Michael F. Barnett”

SPAIN

From the Chamber of Commerce of Alicante

“Dear President:

In the name of the Assembly and the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of
Alicante, as well as in my own, I would like to express our condolences and solidarity on
the occasion of the tragedy your country is suffering as a result of the brutal murder
attempt that has as primary destination the cities of New York and Washington, but has
struck not only the United States as a whole, but the entire Western World.

We have always had the firm thought that terrorism is a worldwide problem and it does
not exist a minor terrorist because all of them intend to end with both our lives and our
economic and social structure. The worst is, undoubtedly, the lost of human lives.
Fortunately, the United States have vitality and capacity of answer enough as not to get
intimidated by events like these…

I repeat our best wishes and sorrow regarding this act of terrorism”

From César Gutiérrez, Madrid

“I’ve just graduated in economics at Complutense University (Madrid) and I’d like to
work out of Spain. After my training in UBS Warburg in the summer of 2000, I’m very
interested in Corporate Finance, although I was working in Operations at the back office.
I had decided to go to London to work but when the last week happened this horrific
event I wonder if I could do something to help to rebuild the Trade world center.
Although I live in Spain and I’m very far I can’t understand what makes people who
makes this things and the best that we can do is not be afraid. So I offer me to work in
any firm that needs help.

Thanks for all, and I hope I receive his news.

Best Regards

César Gutiérrez”


TURKEY

From Konya, Turkey

“Dear sir,
We are deeply upset to learn of the unprecedented monstrous attacks against United
States people and always condemn terrorism, condemn it without reserve and think that
we must fight terrorism by all means.

We convey our condolences to you and to the American people. We are in solidarity with
your people against terrorism attacks. Whatever affects USA, affects the world and us.

We hope that the United States would overcome the situation soon and heal the wounds
of attacks.

Best regards, sharing the grief of you and the American people.”
From Selim Özruh, managing director of Yildizbronz Ltd.

“Dear Sirs,
We are horrified by the devastating attacks.
As living in a country that was under terrorist attacks for more than 20 years we Turkish
citizens understand and share your grief; and condemn all kind of terrorist harass.
We are offering our sympathy to US nation. Please accept my personal condolences, as
well as those of all Turkish nation.

With deepest sympathy,
Selim Özruh”

UNITED KINGDOM

from somewhere in the UK

“…Love to you all, and especially to those of you who, at the moment, need it more than
ever.”

from The North East Chamber of Commerce in England, Anne Burns, Training Advisor

“As an employee of The North East Chamber of Commerce in England, and a wife, a
mother, a sister, an aunt and a daughter, I would like to offer my sincere condolences to
the people of New York and all of those affected by the atrocities of Tuesday last. As the
tragedy has unfolded, we in England have watched in horror and disbelief of the suffering
and pain the American people are being forced to endure.

I know that the president of our Chamber has emailed you with a message of sympathy
and support, but I have been moved to write this personal message, as I visited your fine
city three years ago and feel a personal sorrow when I imagine that the people that we
met are almost certainly personally affected by this tragedy.

We can only hope that the future brings solace for the bereaved and the injured, and the
American Dream continues in the hearts of those left to deal with the tragedy.

It is difficult for me to find the appropriate words of comfort, so I leave you with this
thought -: You are not alone
From your colleague across the ocean.”

from Margaret Aitchison, Engand

“I don't know anyone in New York but felt I had to contact somebody and yours was the
first e-mail address I could find.

I know that the British Government has offered help and support to your government but
as an ordinary member of the British public I want you all to know that we, the ordinary
people, share your grief at this time. I was in New York last November and visited the
World Trade Center so I know the area involved but can only guess at the devastation
there at the moment.

I manage a public library in North Yorkshire and everyone who comes in is heartbroken
for you. As a mark of respect we will be holding a 3 minute silence tomorrow.

Please pass on our condolences and prayers to anyone you know.”

from London

“Nancy
Sorry to be mailing you at such a time but my Girls were keen for me to pass you and
hopefully your friends our sincere feelings about last Tuesday's tragedy.
As it was unfolding it could never be imagined that such devastation and loss could
happen and for us in London an overwhelming feeling of helplessness was felt. Our
support was limited not by what we wanted to do, but by red-tape and logistics; we
cannot give America blood, we offered but were too far away to put stranded Americans
up until flights resumed, and so like so many, we prayed and showed solidarity by
displaying the Stars and Stripes in our window; at school they talked through the events
in the hope the children might comprehend the incomprehensible. All the time the sights
on our t.v. and in stills in the papers replayed the unbelievable; Tara came home on
Thursday and said some kid had pointed out that Zeren was a Muslim and therefore 'bad'.
How do you explain that to a child? But that is not a problem compared to what was
happening in New York; we can deal with the biggots and the 'foolish', how though can
we explain such evil when we cannot believe what we saw? As a family we wanted to do
so much, so did everyone we know, but at present we can only send messages of support
and hope to those most in need. Messages to the Fire Department, the Police, the Mayor's
Office and through you to everyone in New York. My Mother hasn't cried since my
Father's death six years ago, but she cannot fight back the tears; she lived through the
Blitz but at least that was during a war. I know I have gone on but the frustration of
seeing a city and its people we have come to love suffer in such a way is too hard to
bare.”

from Shepton Mallet Chamber of Commerce, England

“Dear Sirs

I have been asked by the members of the Chamber of Commerce of Shepton Mallet,
Somerset, England, to express our deepest sympathy to your members and all of
Manhattan at the appalling terrorist attack last Tuesday.

Our Chairman and family were in the WTC as tourists exactly a month before the
incident and could not believe the destruction of such wonderful buildings and such
awful loss of life.
We stand in awe at the unceasing work of the emergency services in your city.
There is no doubt in our minds that Lower Manhattan will recover, like a Pheonix from
the ashes.

A Church service was held in the town on Thursday when our prayers and thoughts went
out to you.

Best wishes for the future to you all.

Robert Gilderthorp”

From the North London Chamber of Commerce

“As Chair of the North London Chamber of Commerce here in the UK, I am sitting at my
desk on this sad morning dumbstruck, along with the rest of the world.

I am not sure what help we can give from this distance away, but I wished to send my
personal condolences, and that of our members to those businesses, families and
individuals that have been so tragically affected by this unwarranted and indiscriminate
act of terrorism.

As time goes by, and the immediate shock recedes, there may be ways in which we may
be able to provide support and assistance – please just ask. In the meantime, our thoughts
and prayers are with you all.

Yours,
Ian Turner”

From the Yeovil Chamber of Commerce, England

“The Yeovil Chamber of Trade & Commerce, the business people and citizens of Yeovil,
Somerset, England, send their condolences and sympathy to all those bereaved and
injured in the terrorist attacks last Tuesday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all Americans at this distressing time, together with
our tremendous admiration to all the emergency services dealing with the rescue efforts.

Best wishes from
Peggy Wyatt”

From somewhere in the UK

“I don’t think there’s much I can say from the UK to anyone out there in the States, other
than to express my sympathy to you all and especially to anyone directly involved in any
way.
It’s hard to understand the enormity of it, we are that much removed from the actual
events – even though, of course, UK TV has been dominated with coverage which has
given us some insight into what it must be like.

My daughter, aged 6, had a friend over last night. Their innocence of what this is all
about can be summed up by what I overheard between her and her friend:

Friend: “…Two really two buildings I think they are the biggest ever.”
Daughter: “Yeah, some planes crashed into them.”
Friend: “I hope one doesn’t crash into us.”
Daughter: “Don’t worry, it wasn’t in our world…it was in another world.”

The sheer innocence of it. If only it were that simple.

Love to you all, and especially to those of you who, at the moment, need it more than
ever.”

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

CALIFORNIA

from Vivian Anaya, California

“I want to pass along my sincerest sympathy to all of the people of Manhattan, New York
City and the state of New York. It's a terrible thing that happened, but these were not
people who did this to you, they were monsters. I'm in California and we just could not
believe that this happened in our country. I'm so sorry that you have to suffer such a
terrible tragedy. My prayers are with all of you on the east coast as I'm sure all of the
nation is praying for you as well”

From the Palmdale Chamber of Commerce

“Dear Nancy,
On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire membership of the Palmdale Chamber
of Commerce, we send our heartfelt sympathy and genuine condolences to you and your
entire membership as a result of the carnage that was the World Trade Center.

Some of our Board Members and our CEO have family members and friends that worked
at the World Trade Center, or who were involved in the rescue effort. Some have been
found, others still are missing and our prayers continue. This cowardly act of terrorism
has had an immediate and permanent impact upon the lives of all Americans.

President Bush stated, “Freedom itself was attacked this morning and I assure you
freedom will be defended.” This is the time for all Americans to pull together to show
support of our great nation and government and to defend its honor and our very freedom.

While we recognize these larger issues, we are touched by the immediacy of your
concerns for your membership. As a result, we wish to offer whatever support we can
offer during this your time of need. Please let us know if there is some way in which our
Chamber may be of assistance with your efforts.

Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your membership”

from Ventura, California

“Dear New York City,

All I do is think about you. I try to work, clean my house, live my normal
daily life, but I can’t stop thinking about you. Sometimes I feel sick to
my stomach. I feel I should be doing something for you. I try to imagine how
you must be feeling, what you’ve seen, and it just breaks my heart and I
cry. I keep thinking if I were there with you, what would I do for you. I
wish I could help you. I pray to God for you. All I do is think about you.”

from Dolores Houchin, California

“My heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the victims and their loved ones in their hour
of need. Although I live across the country in Grass Valley California, I feel the pain of
your great city. May God bless all who have been touched by this tragedy both far and
near. I salute the rescue workers and their efforts to find some sign of life. They are ever
so brave. We are all one, under God. Members of our loving family are no longer with
us on this earth, but will forever be in our hearts.”

from California, Clovis

“I live in the central valley of California, Clovis. I was on my way to work when the
news broke. I cannot say the words to your state, city or individuals who were lost in this
tragedy. I wept for the families and friends, and continue to hope that the heros will find
survivors. I am sure you are aware that people all over the United States are with you in
their prayers each and every night. Though we can not be there with you, you the
courageous people are being thought of every minute.
We in the Fresno County area are setting up booths to donate blood, in stores we have
cans, boxes to accept money to send you. My place of employment raised $500 as well as
other places of employment are doing so for the Red Cross and other charities.
I know that these bad people who caused this to happen will be punished. That this may
give you some condolence.
Every small town, city in the United States is with you.
God Bless all of you. God Bless The United States of America!”

from Matthew Pate, Aliso Niguel High School

“Hi.
I am an Activities Director from Aliso Nigueel High School in Aliso Viejo, California.
Aliso Viejo is in Orange County, just north of San Diego County. Look up
www.alisoniguel.com for more information, if you wish.

The students here on campus have been affected by the tragedy in your city and the
students want to do something. They have had an assembly about where we, as a school,
should go from here. Part of that assembly focused on the victims and the survivors as
well as those living in New York and dealing with this horror up close. The students
have signed a poster letting their peers in New York know that we are thinking about you
and praying for comfort and peace.

The students wish to send this poster to a high school in your borough, but do not know
of any. Can you help me with getting a school name, and possibly a contact person. If
you have the phone number, I can call. If you could just e-mail me an address, I would
appreciate that too.

Thanks for your help, and please understand there are many out on the west coast who
are also hurting and confused by the events of last week. We all support you and we
continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.”

From the Tracy Chamber of Commerce

“Dear Nancy Ploeger,
Hello, my name is Conrad Levoit with the Tracy Chamber of Commerce in California.
We are all affected by the tragic activity that had happened yesterday. We are currently
working with local government, businesses, and organization to help in the need of our
fellow citizens.
We are praying that you will have comfort and strength. We are praying that those who
are missing will be reunited with family and loved-ones. We are praying for those who
have lost friends, lost co-workers and lost relatives. Be Strong, Be Courageous!
I hope this email gets to you. I hope you can return an email back to us to let us know
you’re okay. Please let us know if there is anything we can do, anything we can continue
to pray for, ANYTHING. We are here for you.

Conrad D. Levoit”

COLORADO

from Catholic Prayers by Mary Jo Costello,NIHIL OBSTAT: September 10, 1998
Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Archbishop of Denver
Prayer for the Salvation of the World

“Father, hear our prayers for the salvation of the world. Grant Mercy to all souls that
turned away from you. Open their hearts and minds with your light.
Gather your children from the east and the west, from the north and the south.
Have mercy O God on those who do not know you. Bring them out of darkness into your
light. You are our saving God who leads us in our salvation. Protect us from evil.
Bless and praise you O Lord, hear our prayers and answer us. You, our Savior, are the
hope of all the ends of the Earth and the distant seas. May your way be known upon
Earth; among all nations your salvation. We put the world in your hands; fill us with your
love. Grant us peace through Christ, our Lord. Amen”

from Gia DeSelm
“Hello,
I am trying to verify and address for Engine Co. 6. I have an address of 49 Beekman St
NY, NY 10038-1510. Is this correct?
I am a 5th grade teacher in Colorado and have some thank you letters, poems etc. from
my students that I would like to send them. Can you help me? I have no idea how to find
further information. My father is a Denver Fireman and so this is very near and dear to
my heart to find this information.”

from Robert Poole, of Golden, Colorado.

“First off, my heartfelt condolences to all touched by the recent tragedy. Nothing could
have prepared us for this, yet nothing will unite us like this either.
Over the years I have jokingly picked on New Yorkers. Me, being from small town
America and being soft spoken, I found New Yorkers loud and frankly, a bit
intimidating.
But all that has changed now:
After seeing how your people came together even as the horrible tragedy unfolded, I have
the utmost respect for all of you. It is my promise to never, ever say a disparaging word
against any of you again, even as a joke. Because........... You are all my heroes. I have
never seen as many heroes and I have seen this week.
I can't give blood to for health reasons, I'd be in the way if I went there and attempted to
help. But here is what I plan to do for you and all other Americans.
I grew up a patriot. After I went to Viet Nam, I lost my patriotism. I have not stood for
the National Anthem, or raised my hand to my heart for the Pledge of Allegiance in way
too many years. Every time our country got involved with other country's affairs, I was
one who condemned our government.
Today, I hung an American flag at my house, and as I did Tuesday, September 11, 2001
(etched in my memory forever) I cried tears. Tears flowing freely down my cheeks and
into my eyes. I have found my patriotism once more and stand proud once again. If I
were allowed (age you know), I would re-enter the Army and do my duty to protect this
country and die for it.
My hope is that many young people will feel the pride in our country and join the
military now to show the world we are united as never before. The group of people
(demons) that did this to NYC and America shall pay, whether it is just a group of
terrorists with financial backing or if it was supported by a foreign power, and we know
which power that would be, let us not rest until they are destroyed.
My prayers, my allegiance, my patriotism”

FLORIDA
from Debbie Avery Ex Director Glades County EDC

“If there is anything a rural county in Florida can do please just ask. I have a guest room
in Lake Placid FL.”

From Julie McKone

“Dear New York City Chamber of Commerce,
I teach sixth and seventh grade at The Broach School on Jacksonville, Florida. My
classes wanted to express their deepest sympathies to the people of New York City. We
truly feel your pain and pray for you daily. Please know that our hearts and thoughts are
with you. Enclosed are some letters of hope, encouragement and sorrow from the
students of The Broach School.”

GEORGIA

from Bethanie Whitfield, Georgia

“Hi,
My name is Bethanie Whitfield... I am 13 years old and I live in Georgia. I was
wondering if there was anyway to get into contact with the Mayor of New York to let
him know that we are praying for him and all of the wonderful things that people are
doing down here for him. Anyways can you please give me a contact wether e-mail or
snail-mail address. thanks tons
bethanie”

from Corina Tweddle

“Please be advised that I a Georgian would like to try to set up a trust fund for the
rebuilding of the Twin Towers. I have spoken to several banks, the Salvation Army, the
American Red Cross, Wachovia, Colonial, Suntrust and Trust Bank in an effort to
establish a fund for the NYC community. I do not want anyone having access to this
account other than the Prot Authority of NYC. I desperately need someone to sign for this
account at a major bank, as they need an official tax ID number and name to open a trust.
If there is not a major outpouring of support from across the US these funds could be
used for the burial of those lost. Please advise me immediately.”

From Atlanta

“Good afternoon!

We are so sorry to hear and watch what has happened to the city of New York! Our
thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this tragic time!

I am a kindergarten teacher in Atlanta and my students are wanting to send cards to other
children in Manhattan who have been affected by this terrorist attack. I was wondering if
you would be able to send me the name, address and phone number of an elementary
school near the World Trade Center so that we can send them our cards and letters letting
them know how much we are thinking of them! We would love to become pen pals with
these children!!!!

I sincerely appreciate any help that you can give me!

With love,
Kimberly Turner”

From Atlanta

“Hi.
I live in Atlanta. I’ve never been to New York. But I wanted you to know that our hearts
are with you. At Saks Fifth Avenue where I work, we are all wearing ribbons, and we
have a special condolence t-shirt we will be wearing next week. Atlantans are flying our
flags everywhere, and we are still driving with our headlights on. Our firefighters
collected money to send to the FDNY…

I will never forget. I send your city a virtual hug. My heart is breaking. God bless
America.

With love, Lindy in Atlanta”

From Hoschton, Georgia

“My husband owns a small manufacturing business in Hoschton, Ga. We know as
business owners the responsibility that we have to his employees as well as his customers
and suppliers. We have heard stories of businesses helping businesses in NY to get back
on their feet after losing their facilities. We would like to offer assistance to another small
business owner that is struggling to get back on their feet. Can you tell us who we can
contact or how to proceed?

Contact Jim Henshaw, President/Owner Precision Medical Inc.”

From Atlanta

“Hi Nancy,

I found your name in the world wide Chamber directory. We are soliciting money and
supplies locally and would like to know how we can coordinate this with you. Please let
us know what we can do to help. Our prayers are with you.

Larry McKinney, CED
President and CEO
Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce”
IDAHO

from Julie, Boise Idaho

“Dear New York/Manhattan I would like to send my deepest condolences. I
sit here helpless while you are facing your darkest moments. But I know you are strong
and will stand together. All I can do is pray and send my heartfelt shock and sorrow.”

ILLINOIS

from Becky Wheeler, Norris City

“Hello,

I'm a Teacher's Aide at Norris City Grade School in Norris City, Illinois.
We are in the process of organizing a "Nickel and Dime" drive and a "Flashlight" drive.
The only problem is we do not have an address to send the cash and flashlights to. If you
could help us in anyway possible, it could greatly be appreciated.

Thanks so much for your help.
Becky Wheeler”

From Dave Fulling

“HI
I would like to come out and help next weekend if you need it, I don’t want to drive all
the way there to find out I will be turned around and sent back to Illinois, so If you are
letting volunteers off of the street help please e-mail me back and give me a name and
place to report to.
Thank you”

INDIANA

from a young man in Indiana

“Can you give me the name of the dump truck company who is working to clear up the
debris? I want to contact them and come to NY to volunteer to help”

From a third grade teacher in West Lafayette

“I am sure that by this time you have received thousands of letters in support of all who
are involved in the rescue efforts going on at the site of the World Trade Center. But we
at Klondike wanted to continue to send letters of support regardless.
…After the events on September 11th, our children came back to school feeling sad,
uncertain, and struggling to come to terms with the tragedy that had just taken place. The
also came back to school with a desire to connect with all of you in New York, who are
suffering, and working together to help each other get through this. Some even expressed
a desire to “go to New York to help”.
The third grade teachers wanted to find a way to allow our students to feel as if they were
helping. So together the 4 third grades painted a permanent mural on a wall of the school.
This mural displays the childrens’ interlocking handprints in the shape and colors of the
flag. It will serve as a memorial for those who lost their lives that day and as a tribute to
the heroes who risked their lives on that day to help, and who continue to help to this
day….
Thank you for giving our classes the opportunity to see the qualities that “true heroes”
possess.”

IOWA

Fox River Mills, Osage Iowa donating 3500 pairs of socks to NYC Fire Dept.
Cambodia Tours, Laos Vietnam
Sent with two color photos of the crash and burning WTC prior to collapse:

“We are all terribly flabbergasted when hearing the latest news from CNN on the bloody
and horrified attacks led by the devil terrorists at the office buildings in the USA. Before
this great loss of lives and property of American, we, Toan Vinh Tours, a travel agent in
Vietnam would like to express our deepest sympathies to you and your, the Dear
Americans, and the US Government too.

As a tourist company, the hospitality, the cordiality, the friendship and the satisfaction of
customers are what we pursue and they are criteria of our company so we are extremely
disgusted at these filthiest terrorist activities. We do hope and strongly believe that you
very soon overcome this bad situation, the strength of justice and your enthusiasm will
have its logical voice. The USA, the Americans and the US Government will soon
recover and be mighty. Please let us be your best friends that always seek the good things
as well as share this grief with your people.

We wish you all success. God always with the Americans and the USA.”

From Cedar Rapids

“Dear People of Manhattan,
I do not know what words to use to tell you how deeply saddened my family and I are
about your incredible losses. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We have also been
so very impressed with the courage and gallantry of your policemen, firemen, mayor,
governor and citizens. You have shown the entire world the very best of human nature.
We’ve seen the devastation that comes from hate and anger. Thank you for showing us
that there is hope for all of mankind….

Thank you and God Bless you all. God Bless America!
Margie Jenkins”
KANSAS

from Susan Livingston, El Dorado, Kansas
 susal@southwind.net

“I can't begin to tell you how much it touched my heart to see how determined to work
your rescuers are and how supportive and caring and connected your people have been--I
just had to contact someone from your area to let you know. All of us everywhere are so
very upset and sorry about what has happened to New York, DC and Pennsylvania as this
hideous act of war has occurred. We have been praying EVERYWHERE--churches are
meeting for prayer services. My church has opened our sanctuary for the next few days
for anyone to come in and pray and meditate and light candles for all of the victims and
rescuers of these disasters. Blood centers have received triple their usual donations.
Money is being collected to help you.

Please know that we are devastated and consumed by what has happened and wish we
could be nearer to pitch in and be of help in some way. I am a Marriage and Family
Therapist and I wish there was a way I could be there to give my ears to listen, my arms
to comfort, and whatever physical ability I have to work alongside you all. But I do offer
you all my sincerest empathy and my prayers that God will give you the determination,
confidence and hope to overcome all of the pain and agony this has caused. This, too,
shall pass! You will recover and rebuild! God Bless America!

God's grace and blessings to you!”

From Denise

“No need to e-mail me back. You are all doing an amazing job with was all has happened
in the last couple of days…I am so sorry this horrible tragedy had to happen…They are
not suffering or afraid anymore…They are home with God…and they are helping you
every step of the way as you continue to search and clean up your community…God
bless you…and we have all of you in our prayers.

Sincerely, Denise in Kansas”

KENTUCKY

from Elizabethtown, KY

“I write to encourage you to promote rebuilding the trade center. We don't need another
memorial to tragedy. We need a living, thriving memorial, a bigger, better building. One
which will make everyone in the U.S. proud again. Let Oklahoma have the vacant lot,
New York is the city alive and pushing through to a better future.”

from Springfield Kentucky
“my views are that they should be rebuilt.....these buildings are world known
and landmarks cherished by all Americans as well as those from other
countries.....i have visited New York on several occasions and each visit
have made it a point to see the buildings.....the pentagon and statue of
liberty are all inclusive in importance......we are a very proud and strong
country and are recognized by other countries as such.....”
from Joplin MO
“I live in Joplin MO. Myself and a small group of people have pulled together to gather
up a supply of refreshments and food for those there in New York that are conducting the
search and rescue and those who have maybe no place to go or are waiting around
hospitals for friends and families. We would like to know were to send these items we
have gathered for our fellow Americans”

From Bowling Green

“Over the past days, stricken with such a disease, that being “terrorist attacks”, I have felt
hard in my heart and compelled to do something other than watch CNN and visit local
communities here in this town. As human beings, we, by nature, are compelled to be
compassionate people and that is what we hang on. Compassion for the loss of life,
especially during this time, this critical time.

My three children are desperately trying to understand and we watch a bit of CNN each
night and then we talk. There are so little stories like that yours, and we are thankful at
least that we have them to read about. Your stories give hope to all those still waiting,
waiting and wondering, which is the most hardest of all. We all experienced every ounce
of emotion that flows through our bodies and I know true and right justice will be brought
to those who attacked the US.

I have a picture at my desk in my office of my brother and a friend, standing on the
promenade in Brooklyn and there sits behind them in a bit of fog and haze at the majestic
twin towers. That is the memory that we all have to hold onto. Sure buildings can be
replaced, as material things often can, but it’s the human life that cannot.

Kelly Witt”

MASSACHUSETTS

from a teacher in South Boston

“I know that you are probably very busy with the recent events in New York, but I
wanted to see if you could give me some information. I am a teacher of History and
Government at Halifax County High School in South Boston, VA. My students as well as
others around the school would like to write letters to the firefighters and policemen who
have shown their bravery over the past few days, If you could give me some addresses to
help out with this I would appreciate it greatly.”
from Karlin Sloan, consultant in a clinical psych MA

“I am a consultant and have a clinical psych MA. I would like to volunteer my services to
any organizational leaders/ managers that need training or coaching in managing post
traumatic employees. Please let me know if I can be of service.”

MISSISSIPPI
from Tracey Dyar, South Mississipi
“My 10 year old nephew wants to help the people of New York and dc as do I we cant
donate blood but I want to help some kind of way I wanted to come to Manhattan New
York to help please let me know what i can do. My nephew wants to write a letter to the
mayor Rudolph Guliani to send his sympathy to the victims their families your city and
our
country please reply as soon as possible. Thanks. Tracey Dyar, we are in south
Mississippi a small town by the name of Poplarville. Thanks again.”

MISSOURI

from Debra Ellis, Missouri

“Hi! My name is Debra Ellis and I am a 6th grade teacher in Willard, Missouri. My
students and I wish to extend our sympathies to you. we are interested in doing
something, somehow to show help or comfort. I would like to find a school that we
might be able to become pen pals with. Could you give me some email addresses of
schools that were close by this tragedy? I would greatly appreciate it. My heart also
extends to the burn victims. I was severely burned when I was 12, so my heart goes out
to them. How can I reach out to them? If I had some names, or the burn unit's email, I
could send cards. Cards were what made my days seem bearable.

Please get back with me or let me know of other people that I can contact. Some many
people here are praying for you! We have "See You At the Pole" this Wednesday. This
is prayer at the schools flagpoles. You can bet that many prayers will be going up for
you this Wednesday especially. Our Middle School will be launching 100 balloons to
show support for our country and remembrance of the victims.
God Bless and hope to hear from you soon!
Debra Ellis”

from Romy Riddle, Linn Creek

“I am a Chamber of Commerce Member in my community. I live in the 'Heartland" of
this nation. But this has disrupted my mind, my heart, my soul, and my business. I had
to call in an order today, not a big order, just get on with life! I called Tulsa, my
saleslady there (who I don't have a clue what she looks like) said, " What we showed the
nation, New York has shown the world." I agree. The fanaticism of a narrow sect in this
country devastated a city. The fanaticism of a narrow sect in this world has now
devastated a nation. We are very, very proud of what you are doing as a city and how
your are doing it. If there is anything we can do to to help?---all you have to do is ask,
we are there for you.

I drove through my 'area'--lots of miles to you, but not so many people--lots of signs and
the area is covered with American Flags. New York has shown the world, as well as this
nation, why they ARE the World Trade Center! They may have struck out at us, but who
else did they hit? A lot of other nations are hurting along with us. Keep up the good
work, our thoughts, prayers, hopes are with you. (We have collected a lot of blood back
here, if we can just figure out how to get it to you.) Take care, and may God Bless.
Sincerely, Romy Riddle”

From Belton

“To the firemen and rescue workers:
We are first grade students in Belton, MO. We wanted you to know we are thinking about
you. We are so proud of the hard work and dedication you are putting forth. Please accept
our writings and pictures as a symbol of our thanks. Best wishes to all of you!
Stacy Miller and her first grade students”
NEVADA

from Koenig Industries Corp. of Nevada

“To whom it may concern, we at Koenig Industries Corp. of Nevada are horrified by the
acts of terrorism directed at our citizens. We are a supplier of hydraulic breakers for
excavators and we offer our services to assist as needed. If we can assist your city in any
manner possible, please advise to my private phone 713-598-3860. God Bless. R L Bob
Koenig II, president.”

From Reno

“Hi,
My name is Melissa Dougan and I live in Reno, NV. I know that there are many children
that do not have parents since the tragedy of the twin towers. I am inquiring if those
children will be put in foster homes or if there is a plan to place these children in other
people’s homes. My husband and I adopted a newborn baby 2 ½ years ago in Nevada and
would open our arms to another child that has had the misfortune of losing their parents
in this awful attack against America. Please contact me if there is anything that we can
do, whether it is adopting or fostering children in need. Our hearts are filled with sorrow
for these children and know that it’s going to take a lot of love and commitment to help
them get through this.

Melissa and Casey Dougan”

From Henderson, NV
“Thank you so much for being the men and women that you have been during this time
of tragic events. Thank you for setting such a wonderful example for the children of our
nation. Thank you!
Sincerely,
Mrs. Mattern”

NEW JERSEY

from FutureTech Systems,Inc. 201-727-9370 www.futuretec.com

“To our neighbors in New York:
We share the grief caused by the atrocious events of Tuesday and send our deepest felt
sympathy to all those whose loved ones are now with our creator.

As a services provider in the computer industry we would like to offer any assistance we
can to those strategically as well as physically displaced from their places of business at
the former WTC complex. We can offer a number of services at a cost basis including
accommodating a few individuals in our own office space in New Jersey. They will be
given phone and computer access so that a start can be made on the painful road back.
We hope other firms will extend themselves in the same way to ease the healing process
we must now all go through together while we wait for the certainty of justice to be fully
exacted from those daring to attack our citizens, our homes and our country in the most
vile manner.

God bless us all”

NEW YORK

from Peter robinson, assist-international

“On a personal note, this morning I went to my office just four blocks from the WTC and
the cab driver who was driving me, cried. He said that when people got into his cab they
recognized that he was Arab and got out and cursed him and one passenger even spat on
him. He screamed that he was an Arab and an American and couldn't understand why
people would do this. I thanked him for his being of service and told him that my heart
ached for him and those who have mistreated him. “

from Brasserie Julien

“NYC Restauranteurs TO DONATE PORTION OF SALES TO BENEFIT world trade
center victims

NEW YORK ( Philippe and Cecilia Feret, owners of Brasserie Julien and Allure Catering
will be donating five percent of restaurant food and beverage sales and two percent of
catering sales to the Red Cross “Disaster Relief Fund NYC,” benefiting World Trade
Center victims and families until October 31st, 2001.
Chef Philippe Feret, who reopened the World Trade Center’s Windows on the World
Restaurant after the 1993 bombing, said, “I am shocked and saddened by Tuesday’s
events. I never would have imagined that the Center could be the site of another, and
such a heinous, attack. I knew current Windows on the World staff and can’t believe that
they and the restaurant are gone.”

The Ferets hope that their small gesture will inspire other New York City restaurants and
businesses to also donate a portion of their profits. “The President, Governor and Mayor
have urged New Yorkers to go on with their lives ( working, shopping and using the
restaurants and other institutions that make the city great, “ added Cecilia Feret.
“Philippe, myself and our staff feel our donation is the least we can do to show our
commitment to the city and its future.”

Brasserie Julien is a French brasserie located at 1422 Third Avenue Between 80th and
81st Streets.
Allure is an off-premises catering company whose clients include corporations, nonprofit
organizations and cultural institutions”

from Steinway Movers

“If we can assist you or your company with storage space or relocation assistance
Steinway Movers is here to help. Located @ the 59th St. bridge we would be happy to
hold your products or receive your shipments or large deliveries while you get re
organized. Contact me James Benatti at Steinway Moving and Storage 718 278-9090 or
WWW. Steinway movers.com
On Tuesday we will be hanging and lighting an 80 foot long flag off our queens 59th St.
bridge location to honor America and all those effected in this terrible tragedy Please join
us in showing the world our countries pride by hanging your own flag today and forever.”

from Shasho Jones Direct Inc, Paulo Stuart Napoleoni

“I would like to announce that on behalf of Shasho Jones Direct Inc., we would like to
donate temporary office space along with our services to any employers or employees of
displaced companies from the World Trade Center tragedy. If you or someone you know
is looking for temporary office space in midtown Manhattan while companies make an
effort to regroup during this crisis, please have them contact me.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have suffered a loss and we would like
to do anything we can to help.
God Bless America.
Thank you.
Sincerely,
Paulo Stuart Napoleoni”

From New York City
“My condolences to all who have been affected by this tragedy. On September 11th we
saw, for the first time in this nation, the destructive forces of another brought down upon
our own country. I pray that the Goddess may bring peace to the minds that have been
shattered. In this terrible time it is important that we do not lose sight of the compassion
that we owe to all creatures on this planet. The ignominious act of a group does not
justify vengeance on an entire nation. We must continue to uphold our national standard
of justice and show kindness to all those who truly deserve it.

I advise those who seek peace and consolation to look inside themselves for their comfort
and strength. If you search yourself and ask the Deities for guidance, you may find that
you possess strengths that you were unaware of. Together we will conquer the hardships
we face.

Peace and Light”

NORTH CAROLINA

from Arden, NC

“No words that can convey the sense of sadness and horror that are felt from the
unbelievable tragedy that occurred today in your city. For one of the few times in my life
I am left bereft of language to express my feelings.
All that I can think of to say really is that you have my deepest sympathy and concern. I
can do naught but give blood and hope that in a small manner that can be of some
assistance to your plight. I am not a patriot. I have no great love for the government of
this country and its policies but the manner in which y’all have and are facing this
obscene attack makes me tremendously proud of the people of this country. I truly wish
that there was more that I could do to be of assistance in your time of sorrow and pain but
know that my prayers and thoughts are directed towards all in your city.
Stand together and prevail.”

from Kay Denton

“I'm trying to find an address to send get well cards for survivors and sympathy cards to
family members who lost loved ones in the attack on America on Tuesday. I feel its
important to find a way for my children to help. If you could help me it would be greatly
appreciated. Sincerely, Kay Denton (NC)”

from Tammy Hines, Lenoir, NC, thines@midstatemills.com jhines_28645@yahoo.com

“I would like to volunteer my time to help rebuild the businesses that were in and around
the New York Trade Centers.
I know many businesses lost many employees. It is important that we Americans help to
rebuild these businesses. I hope I can help by volunteer working from my home in the
evenings.
Could you please send me information as to who I may contact to help me reach these
businesses in need.

Thank you & God Bless!”

OHIO

From Brown County

“Our County (Brown County, Ohio) employees are going to have a small fundraiser next
week and would like to donate the proceeds to the firehouse that lost so many members
last Tuesday. Could you please send us the correct address?”

From Brian Whitehill, Salem Ohio

“Greetings! My name is Brian Whitehill and my wife Shannon and I are from Salem,
Ohio. We live between Cleveland and Pittsburgh in NE Ohio. In watching the coverage
of the tragedies from Sept. 11th, I heard a person mention that there were thousands of
orphans from parents who were killed in the WTC collapse. I’m sure that many of these
children will go to Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles and Godparents, but how would I
find out where to explore the adoption opportunity of any kids who can not be placed? I
would appreciate any help you could lend in directing me where to find out more
information…

Thanks in advance for any help you can lend.”

From Oberlin Ohio

“Hello,
I lived 26 years near Manhattan and went into that great city every chance I could. It is
my favorite city in the world. I saw an article about the rebuilding of the World Trade
Center with a Memorial as part of the complex. We are all saddened and in need of solace
in the aftermath of this great tragedy. I would like to urge New York City planners to
discuss with the new manager of the World Trade Center, the creating of the memorial
they are talking about, a Japanese garden like the one Minoru Yamasaki (architect of the
Trade Center) designed for the Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College here in Oberlin,
Ohio.
I have personally experienced the peace that comes, even in the most troubling times,
when one sites by the pool in that garden. It would be such a moving memorial to the
many souls and a fitting tribute to the wonderful buildings that were lost last week
forever. I have photos of the garden and building here in Oberlin if you are interested in
seeing the marvelous effect.

Sincerely, Penny Maroldo”
OKLAHOMA

from Anna Welte, Oklahoma Christian University

“Tuesday mourning I got up just like any other day. Getting out of bed to go to my eight
o'clock class, walking into the coffee shop on campus to the images on T.V.. I cannot
express the sorrow I have in my heart. It was almost like watching a movie, but I am
certain that it was not like that for you. I sat in my chair crying and looking at people
wondering why they were not doing the same. I can't imagine what it was like. I did
experience the Oklahoma City bombing, but that does not to compare at any level. Only
that I know what it is like to wake up one mourning and have history being made in a
very graphic way. I don't believe that human life is expendable and it hurts me to think
that someone does. I went to church that night and prayed and cried for all of you. I will
continue to do so. I send my sincere condolences to you and your city. I hope that it
gives you even a little comfort to know that you all are being lifted up in prayer to our
heavenly father every waking moment. Again I am truly sorry. I hurt for you.”

from Oklahoma City, OK

“GOD BLESS YOU NEW YORK! OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH
YOU ALL!” with psalms #46

from a teenager from Oklahoma

“Dear Manhattan Chamber of Commerce,
These are terrible times that we face today. As a teenager from Oklahoma I can only
watch in horror as the events unfolded on that terrible Tuesday. The school that I attend
has kept the state of New York in our prayers from the moment that the event occurred.
It is a shame that people can be filled with such hate and vengeance, especially when it
comes to hating America. However, as tragic as this event is it can not kill our American
spirit. This country and it's leaders are too strong to let some meaningless event ruin our
lives. I wish there was more I could do to help the people in New York, but this email is
the best resource I have at this moment. As little as this may help, I want
to leave you with this prayer”

from Garrett, from Oklahoma

"Dear Hevenly Father
Thank you lord for all the wonderful gifts you have given us throughout our lives. Thank
you for always being in control, because we know that if your hand of protection had not
been over us Lord that this event could have been a great deal worse. Lord i pray for the
families and the people who are missing friends and loved ones in New York right now
Lord, it must be terrible to sit there and not know whether or not your loved one is alive
or dead. Lord i pray for our leaders who have to make the decions on our next move as a
nation Lord. And finally Lord I pray for the actual perpatrators who committed this
terrible act Lord. I pray for their souls Lord that you may forgive them Lord, and that we
may forgive them as well. Lord we love you and we thank you for all that you do for us.
Please forgive our sins and the sins of those around us Lord. We pray all this in your
Sons name, in Jesus name
AMEN.

I hope that in some small way that this can be a comfort to the people
of New York. Take care and God bless.”

from Oklahoma

“I am an Oklahoman who sheds tears and can't sleep at this early hour on September 12,
2001.

My husband is a firefighter in Tulsa and we are grieving for those who gave their lives to
help and save others. There families have to be in shock and going through very trying
times. Because of this catastrophic event and how it relates to me, I feel there should be
something I can do.

My intentions for writing this, is so someone can tell me how we can assist the victims,
the committed individuals helping to protect, and those who lost their lives in an effort to
protect Manhattan's society.

My name in Robin and please e-mail me your request. I can work with my church
organization to lead an effort in helping in any way. Please provide your phone number
and contacts to make arrangements.

God bless you all in your efforts”

From Jeremy Ball

“Manhattan Chamber of Commerce,
My thought and prayers are with you for the next couple of weeks. I am a freshman at
Oklahoma Christian University. Although I live in the middle of the country, this affects
me also. We live in an age of new warfare. I didn’t think that this was possible. What we
need to do is pray and have faith that God will take care of the situation. He doesn’t give
us anything that we can’t handle.
You guys have been through a lot the past couple days, and you guys are still going
strong. I pray that you have the strength to continue on in these dark times.

God bless you and stay strong,
Jeremy Ball”

OREGON

from a family in Eastern Oregon
“From a simple concerned family in Eastern Oregon. We have watched this tragedy
unfold via the news and our hearts go out to you all. We know that we are pretty safe
here, mainly because we have nothing of value to anyone, just sage brush, some timber,
small industry and some very caring people. I know my impression of New Yorkers from
the past as insensitive, self serving, only thinking of money and uncaring of our fellow
man. Now, watching the news and such, I have discovered a new meaning in my mind of
New Yorkers. You are the most couragest, humanitarian and compassionate Americans I
have ever come to know though not personally. Our hearts and prayers go out to you with
much sincerety, God bless you all.”

from Christina Clime, Medford, OR

“Dear Manhattan Chamber of Commerce,

Greetings from Oregon... Although we are 3,000 miles away, the people on the West
Coast are right there with you folks... All of our thoughts and prayers are with you...
Every person I talk to here, feels helpless being so far away, with no way of helping.
And, as you drive thru the streets of this town, you see flags flying everywhere.... from
houses, buildings, and even car antennas.
But, it just doesn’t seem enough.... So, if there is anything I can do to help, PLEASE let
me know.. I have been keeping up to date with the news, and know, that many
businesses, who lost everything, will need help in putting back the pieces of the
companies... I have extensive background in all aspects of office computer and clerical
work. I have a home computer, and internet access. I will be more than welcome to help
and/ or assist with any and all paperwork, computer data entry, etc, that may be needed.
Please feel free offer my name and skills to any of those businesses or people.”

From Gary J. Peters, Bend Chamber of Commerce

“While we are many miles apart, our 1450 members prayers and thoughts are very close
and go out to all of you. Where and if we can help please let us know.”

From Bev Doolittle, exec. Dir. Canby Area Chamber of Commerce

“The business community of Canby Oregon is interested in sending durable goods to the
relief efforts in New York.

Would you please let me know if you have a program in place to receive these goods, and
where they need to be sent. One of our local businesses does have the means to mail the
goods.

You can contact me by e-mail, fax or phone. This campaign is going on in Canby and we
would like to get things sent soon.

Thank you for your time. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.”
From the Chamber of Medford/Jackson County

“Dear Nancy,

I wish there were more than words that we could offer you in this time of such great
need. While the ripples of yesterday’s tragedy are being felt around the world, the rest of
us can only imagine the impact on the lives of our fellow Americans living and doing
business in New York and more specifically, Manhattan.

As I process the events of September 11, many people and their words come to mind but
one though that seems to describe the spirit of the citizens of your community is a quote
by United States Army General Omar Bradley, “Bravery is the capacity to perform
properly even when scared half to death.” On behalf of the board of directors,
membership and staff of the Chamber of Medford/Jackson County let me say that the
bravery and courage exhibited by the people of your great city is an unparalleled example
for every American to admire.

Again, I understand the pallor of words in this instance and ask that you would not
hesitate to invite our community to assist in any way possible. Our thoughts and prayers
are with you.

Warm personal regards,
Todd Thoreson”

PENNSYLVANIA

From Duncansville, PA

“To aid in the relief of all peoples affected by the heinous acts committed.
Why doesn’t a New York based charity create a plaque that has a diffuse American flag
printed in the background, with an overlay of a diffuse picture of the planet earth. A
prayer, help us to never forget those whose lives were taken on this day Sept. 11th, 2001,
give strength to those who are suffering, and let us always hold in our hearts and minds
that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
A piece of the Twin Towers should be affixed to the plaque.
Copyright the plaque and authenticate the charity.
Everyone I spoke to would absolutely have one.
My biggest fear here is that soon you will see entrepreneurs capitalizing on this tragedy,
when all proceeds should go to the victims/relief agencies.
Respectfully submitted,
R. Grant Gahagan”

From Philadelphia, PA

“Dear Sir/Madam:
My name is Al Miraballes and I am the president of Brydon Cleaning Co., inc. located in
the city of Philadelphia, PA. We are a small cleaning service that operates in the
Philadelphia area. The past 11th I was shocked to learn about the terrible catastrophe in
Lower Manhattan and immediately wondered how I could help. Well, after some thought
and meeting with my employees and friends we decided to donate some of our time and
skills to help to clean come of the affected businesses in the area. We figured that their
owners are having lots of difficulties to get back on business and we think this way we
may ease their problems and help them to reinitiate activities. We are able to handle small
to medium size offices/businesses mostly during the night. Our condolences to all New
Yorkers and remember that here in Philadelphia you have lots of people that you can
count on.

Sincerely,
Al Miraballes and all Brydon Cleaning Staff”

From Easton, PA

“Dear Ms. Ploeger,

The staff and membership of the Two Rivers Are Chamber of Commerce extend their
heartfelt condolence to the victims of the September 11 terrorist attack upon the united
States. Our thoughts and prayers turn to family and friends who have been touched by
this horrible act of aggression.

We call upon our President and the federal government to relentlessly pursue and bring to
justice the perpetrators of this cowardly attack upon military and public facilities
resulting in the slaughter of innocent victims.

We offer our support and call upon the community to share whatever assistance is
possible, be it blood donations, professional expertise, or financial assistance.

We are confident that the resilience America has demonstrated in the past will see us
through the days, weeks and months ahead.

May God bless America”

SOUTH CAROLINA

from a police officer, D.J. Boots in South Carolina

“I'm not sure where this will end up, but I personally wanted to express my deepest
sympathy to all there who may of and have lost loved ones. My heart goes out to all
there. I'm a police officer in South Carolina and my prayers are with you all. I know this
is probably one of thousands of e-mails, and I'm not even sure you will receive it, but I
felt compelled to state how deeply sorry I am.”
From Greenville, SC

“My name is Merica Dyar and I am a first grade teacher in Greenville S.C. My class and I
would like to make some cards and send them to the rescue workers who are at “Ground
Zero”. Could you please send me an address to which to send these cards? Thank you and
our prayers are with all of you.”

TENNESSEE

from Jim Bowen,7333 Gail Dr, Bartlett, Tenn

“I have been living in this country for 58 years and have never witnessed anything like
this. I wish there was something I could do to help. The only thing I know to do is pray
and ask God to restore your city. People in the south where I live and all across America
are very concerned about what happened there.”

TEXAS

from Austin TX

“Like all of us, I am shocked and saddened by the occurrences today. But in my heart of
hearts, I am not the least bit surprised by this tragedy.

We have allowed ourselves to have this false sense of security in this country for too
long. I keep hearing that the 1993 bombing of WTC should have been a wake up call. I
couldn't agree more.
Any of us who have traveled outside the states know that security has a meaning in other
places. Having traveled to Europe and the Middle East (if you call Turkey the Middle
East, I guess it is) in the last few years; I can tell you that when I have gotten onto an
aircraft in those places I have known that nothing was going to happen. In fact, on a
flight I took in 1998 from Manchester, UK to Orlando on Virgin, I spent about (1) hour
visiting with the flight crew in the cockpit as we flew over the Atlantic. Do you think
they had any concerns about the security on their aircraft? Of course not! That was all
taken care of on the ground @ Manchester.
So maybe now as a result of this tragedy we will implement airport security which
actually means something. Next time you hear some idiot say that this new security
impinges on our "freedoms" as Americans, you can remind him what that freedom
wrought today.”

from Sandy Spikes,Buffalo and Texas

“We, the citizens of Buffalo, Texas would like to extend our prayers, our thoughts, and
our strength to you. No one can imagine exactly what you are all going through but
please know that all of us from “Texas” extend our deepest sympathies and our prayers
for your safety and strength. You as New Yorkers are showing all of America the
strength we must have to endure such a horrible terrorist act. Our hearts go out to you,
the emergency workers and anyone and everyone affected by this awful ordeal. We
prayer for your strength and we continue to pray for you to continue to pray for you to
continue to pull together as you have been doing.
 May god bless you all!”

from The Calderón Family, El Paso, Texas 09/13/01

“Our most sincere Condolences to All in:
Washington, DC; Pennsylvania; New York City - Manhattan.
O God, have mercy on those that take the life of others in your name.”

from Misty Moidel, 19207 Zetak Lane Crosby, TX. 77532

“To whom it may concern-

In the heart of the tragedy and devastation that happened in New York on September
11,2001, my mother wrote a very heartfelt poem for the people of New York. I have
attached a copy below and hope that you receive this. I feel it would be very appropriate
to let as many people as possible hear this great message which is how every American
feels right now.
Please distribute accordingly.”

from Keith Romero,Texas

“I don't know to whom I should send this, but I want the people of NYC to know that the
people of Texas are shocked and heart-sick for the citizens of NYC. We are
overwhelmed with sadness for the victims and families of those who have suffered loss of
loved ones and friends. Your grief and horror are shared by all Americans across the
country. We can only imagine how tragically this atrocity has impacted your lives.
The prayers of Texas are upon you.

God bless all of you, and God bless America.”

from Connie Smith, RN, BSN, Texas

“I have been unable to reach the American Red Cross in your city. I am a Registered
Nurse and I have several coworkers that may also be willing/eager to help. Your medical
personnel must be exhausted. Please direct me to the institution that I should contact to
volunteer. We will be coming from Texas.

You all are in our prayers!

Very Sincerely”

from Laurie Coker, Austin, Texas
“Hello,
I am a teacher in Texas, but I am CPR and first aid trained and I have rescue experience. I
want to help. Is there anything I can do? I would drive there if I would be of some use.
Please let me know.”

from Dallas, Texas

“I'm with the American Heart Association's National Center in Dallas, Texas and I'm
trying to determine whether there is a fund set up for supporting the families of New
York City Firefighters who have lost their lives trying to rescue people at the World
Trade Center. We are determining various ways we can support rescue efforts in New
York City.”

from Texas

“Just a quick note to let you know we are all thinking of you in the State of Texas. Our
hearts are saddened by the events and our prayers are with you.
Please know that we stand united in your pain and we are there in spirit.
I realize no words can ever replace or repair what has happened, but know that we are
keeping you all in our prayers, our thoughts and in our efforts. If there is anything at all
we can do for the City in any smallest or grand of ways, please PLEASE do not hesitate
to call on us. This has affected us all in the gravest of ways and we must all grab hold
and press forward.

God Bless and We Are Here For You”

from Kelly B, Texas chamber@conroe.org

“Please know that all Texans are praying for everyone affected by this horrible attack.
We would like to send cards to New York Firefighters. Could you please send addresses
to some of the fire stations surrounding downtown New York City?
Sincerely”

from Tina L Payton, Texas

“I am a mother from The Colony Texas. I am sending this email to say......We are so
sorry about what you are going through. Please know that in our small town we have had
nearly round the clock prayer going for the people affected by this horrible thing, for your
city, and our country. We love you here in The Colony Texas, Tina Payton”

from Rhonda Patterson, Houston

“I am a native Houstonian and I just want to extend my sympathy to your city. I am very
sorry about what ya’ll are going through. I did not know who to email so I decided to
email the chamber in hopes you could let your people know, here in Houston, Texas our
prayers are with you.
       Sincerely,
       Rhonda Patterson”

from Ross Babcock, El Paso, Tx

“My name is Ross Babcock and I live in El Paso, TX. I spent part of the past few days
reeling (as all of us have ) from all of the events of and since September 9th. I was
hoping that you could help in what I hope will help assuage a little of the grief our
country is feeling. My mother is a middle-school teacher in a small town outside of El
Paso called Fabens.
What I am hoping to do is have both the community that I grew up in and my place of
work Saturn of El Paso get together and begin sending cards to all the Fire and Police
Stations in the Manhattan area. I feel very strongly about this tragedy and want to help in
some small way by letting these brave souls know that we are thankful for their efforts
and give our deepest regards in their losses. I am hoping to find the mailing addresses
through you so we can begin.
Thank you and God Bless.”

from G&M Operating Company, marshall, Texas

“My name is Gregory Boyenga, and I'm the manager of G & M Operating Company, a
structural steel design and detailing company.

G & M will offer its steel detailing services at half its normal price to NYC fabricators
involved in the rebuilding (directly or indirectly) of structures damaged or destroyed in
Manhattan by terrorists on September 11, 2001.

Its our way of sharing in the suffering of fellow Americans, and we respectfully make
this offer in remembrance of the brave NYC firemen, NYC policemen, and NYC Port
Authority personnel who were killed and injured trying to help others.”

From Dallas, Texas

“To the GREAT city of New York. We have a bumper sticker here in Texas that has been
very popular over the last several years. It reads: if you love New York, take I-35 North.
Well I can tell you that now, the state of Texas is crying with you. Our hearts and our
prayers are with all of you. Keep up the good fight, and never lose faith in the spirit of the
American people. Your city has been an inspiration to all of us.

Blessing to y’all (you guys)”

VIRGINIA

From David Riddle
“I know that you are probably very busy with the recent events in New York, but I
wanted to see if you could give me some information. I am a teacher of History and
Government at Halifax County High School in South Boston, VA. My students as well as
others around the school w3ould like to write letters to the firefighters and policemen
who have shown their bravery over the past few days. If you could give me some
addresses to help out with this I would appreciate it greatly…

Thank you and God Bless your city”

WASHINGTON

from Port Angeles, WA

 “It is 1:00 a.m. West Coast time. I, like many Americans right now, have tried to sleep
and given up. The horrors that we have witnessed today, on national television, are too
fresh in our mind. I feel that I should be doing something, but I am helpless in the
enormity of the situation that your city has, and will be facing in the weeks and months to
come. All I can do, at this moment, is to express my sincere condolences to all New
Yorkers and pray to God that your sorrow will end soon.”

From the Soap Lake Chamber of Commerce

“To the members, and citizens of New York State, New York City, and Manhattan,
Though we are a small chamber here in the Eastern Section of Washington State, please
know that we hold you in our prayers and thoughts as you deal with this devastating
series of events. The actions of your emergency service organizations and the local
people instill a sense of pride in all of us, as you show us what the American Spirit is all
about. Please let the families of those who have been lost know that they, also, are in our
prayers. We here realize that words are inadequate, but we salute your efforts, and know
that New York will come out of this stronger than ever.”

From the Bremerton Area Chamber of Commerce

“Please accept our sincere condolences for the tragedy that has struk your community.
We are all shocked, dismayed, and outraged at what has occurred. Our thoughts and
prayers are with you.

Sincerely,
Silvia Klatman”

From the Greater University Chamber of Commerce

“Fellow Chamber of Commerce Associates,

Our heartfelt sympathy goes to you and the citizens of your City, the rescuers, and
hospital staff that have been working feverishly to locate survivors. We want to praise
your citizens for demonstrating their bravery and compassion during this time of
uncertainty. This tragic event draws people closer to each other. You are in our thoughts
and prayers.

Tragedy always strikes when we least expect it, thought together we will heal and in time
we will rebuild.

May Grace encompass your city and bring comfort to you all.

With sympathy,
Teresa Lord Hugel
Susan Harper
Patrick Connolly”

WEST VIRGINIA

From the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce

“To you, your staff and your members…our thoughts and prayers are with you, your
families, friends and neighbors touched by this tragedy.

From our Chamber to yours,
Katherine Wagner, Executive Director”

INDIVIDUALS

from somewhere in the USA

“This fatherland that we all share is made up of believers and fighters of freedom.
Tonight we must all walk a very narrow and painful pathway to honor those that
perished.
We must honor them with our own prayers, as their departure must be remembered with
love, as they have become an important element of the liberty that we all share.
So to all of you that are suffering this great deal of disbelieve and pain, the unity of my
family is with you all, in honor of those that have left us with the light of their souls
brightening the symbol of freedom that we uphold.
 Patty, Gianina, Oscar, Arturo and Oscar Sr.”

from someone from U.S.A.

“NYFD Station 21, Manhattan
Could you please give me information on this fire station. A mailing address or how I
can find out more about them would be appreciated. We would like to "adopt" a fire
station--send them gloves, candy etc and maybe raise money to help the families of these
fire men. We want to know that what we do will go to the people what are there.
I would appreciate any information you could give us. You may certainly feel free to see
who I am and where I am from.”

from Eve

“My condolences to all of you in your time of loss. My heart hurts so much for
the survivors & their families, the victims & their families and everyone
involved in the search and rescue.

I have donated a good sum of money to the Red Cross N.Y.C/D.C. Explosion Relief
Fund. If I lived there, I would be helping in other ways, too.

Peace and love”

from mccarho

“I know you are terribly busy with other things, but if you get this and have time we
would appreciate the name and address of an elementary school in Manhattan to which
we could send cards and a banner to let them know that we are thinking of them in this
difficult time. If you could please email me at mccarho@mukwonago.k12.wi.us we
would appreciate it.

Thank you and you are in our thoughts and prayers!”

from Barbara

“I would like to show my support for fellow communications and 911 Dispatchers and
send a message and small present - can you get me the police dispatcher's address who
work south Manhattan and handled the World Trade Center Area.
Thanks”

from John George

“This was forwarded to me, and gives pause for thought. The writer is a respected
Afghani resident of the United States for 35 years. To me, it means that we need to be
carefully focused in our response. "Collateral Damage" is not an acceptable rational.”

Dear Gary and whoever else is on this e-mail thread:
I've been hearing a lot of talk about "bombing Afghanistan back to the Stone Age." Ron
Owens, on KGO Talk Radio today, allowed that this would mean killing innocent people,
people who had nothing to do with this atrocity, but "we're at war, we have to accept
collateral damage. What else can we do?" Minutes later I heard some TV pundit
discussing whether we "have the belly to do what must be done." And I thought about the
issues being raised especially hard because I am from Afghanistan, and even though I've
lived here for 35 years I've never lost track of what's going on there. So I want to tell
anyone who will listen how it all looks from where I'm standing. I speak as one who
hates the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden. There is no doubt in my mind that these people
were responsible for the atrocity in New York. I agree that something must be done about
those monsters. But the Taliban and Ben Laden are not Afghanistan. They're not even
the government of Afghanistan. The Taliban are a cult of ignorant psychotics who took
over Afghanistan in 1997. Bin Laden is a political criminal with a plan. When you think
Taliban, think Nazis. When you think Bin Laden, think Hitler. And when you think "the
people of Afghanistan" think "the Jews in the concentration camps." It's not only that
the Afghan people had nothing to do with this atrocity. They were the first victims of the
perpetrators. They would exult if someone would come in there, take out the Taliban and
clear out the rats nest of international thugs holed up in their country.
Some say, why don't the Afghans rise up and overthrow the Taliban? The answer is,
they're starved, exhausted, hurt, incapacitated, suffering.
A few years ago, the United Nations estimated that there are 500,000 disabled orphans in
Afghanistan--a country with no economy, no food. There are millions of widows. And
the Taliban has been burying these widows alive in mass graves. The soil is littered with
land mines, the farms were all destroyed by the Soviets. These are a few of the reasons
why the Afghan people have not overthrown the Taliban. We come now to the question
of bombing Afghanistan back to the Stone Age. Trouble is, that's been done. The Soviets
took care of it already. Make the Afghans suffer? They're already suffering. Level their
houses? Done. Turn their schools into piles of rubble? Done. Eradicate their hospitals?
Done. Destroy their infrastructure? Cut them off from medicine and health care? Too
late. Someone already did all that. New bombs would only stir the rubble of earlier
bombs. Would they at least get the Taliban? Not likely. In today's Afghanistan, only the
Taliban eat, only they have the means to move around. They'd slip away and hide.
Maybe the bombs would get some of those disabled orphans, they don't move too fast,
they don't even have wheelchairs. But flying over Kabul and dropping bombs wouldn't
really be a strike against the criminals who did this horrific thing. Actually it would only
be making common cause with the Taliban--by raping once again the people they've
been raping all this time So what else is there? What can be done, then? Let me now
speak with true fear and trembling. The only way to get Bin Laden is to go in there with
ground troops. When people speak of "having the belly to do what needs to be done"
they're thinking in terms of having the belly to kill as many as needed. Having the belly
to overcome any moral qualms about killing innocent people. Let's pull our heads out of
the sand. What's actually on the table is Americans dying. And not just because some
Americans would die fighting their way through Afghanistan to Bin Laden's hideout. It's
much bigger than that folks. Because to get any troops to Afghanistan, we'd have to go
through Pakistan. Would they let us? Not likely. The conquest of Pakistan would have to
be first. Will other Muslim nations just stand by? You see where I'm going. We're flirting
with a world war between Islam and the West. And guess what: that's Bin Laden's
program. That's exactly what he wants. That's why he did this. Read his speeches and
statements. It's all right there. He really believes Islam would beat the west. It might
seem ridiculous, but he figures if he can polarize the world into Islam and the West, he's
got a billion soldiers. If the west wreaks a holocaust in those lands, that's a billion people
with nothing left to lose, that's even better from Bin Laden's point of view. He's
probably wrong, in the end the west would win, whatever that would mean, but the war
would last for years and millions would die, not just theirs but ours. Who has the belly for
that? Bin Laden does. Anyone else?
Tamim Ansary”

from an unknown author

“We have been watching on the media as the days goes on, how everyone is trying so
hard and hasn't given up hope in finding people.
Everyone is remembered in our prayers everyday and in hope that some one will be
found and the safety of all the rescuers workers.
To anyone who get this e-mail I wish that the following prayer can be said at the WTC. It
is a prayer that I also say when I can't find something on my own and I need help. The
rescuers are doing a GREAT job but there are times, when you need help from God. If
just one person says and ask for help in finding people, if God's Will yours prayer will be
answered. If you can copy it and take out and pass it around it will be also great. More
people say it the better.
St. Anthony is the Patron Saint of lost .
Recited the Following Prayer:
HAIL MARY, FULL OF GRACE! THE LORD IS WITH THEE; BLESSSED ARTH
THOU AMONG WOMEN, AND BLESSED IS THE FRUIT OF THEY WOMB,
JESUS, HOLY MARY, MOTHER OF GOD, PRAY FOR US SINNERS, NOW AND
AT THE HOUR OF OUR DEATH. AMEN.
ST. ANTHONY PLEASE HELP US FIND THEM.
Again please give our condolence to all the families, and prayers are
with everyone.
May they rest in peace. And may God watch over everyone and keep them
Proud to be an American.
Our hearts goes out to everyone in NY & DC.
Author unknown.”

from Pam

“To Whom It May Concern,

I am not sure if there is anything I can do to help the businesses that have been affected
during this terrible tragedy.

I am currently on disability and medical leave for a hysterectomy. I am at home for
another 4 weeks.

If there is anything I can do on the computer to help any of these businesses, I would like
to help out in as much as I am able to. I can type letters, etc.... i can do excel. Or
anything else that is office type related. I can do bookkeeping and secretarial skills.

This is something that I thought I can help contribute to as I am not able to give blood
right not and am not healthy enough to travel to assist the rescuers.
May we all come together and stand strong and proud to be an American.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected”

from Tim Harlan

“We are all saddened by the losses suffered by the families and friends in
the terrorist attacks. We mourn with you!
Now, let me tell you how proud we are of the people of New York. It is they who light
the beacon that's shines around the world. In March my family and I planned a trip to
New York for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Let everyone there know, Macy's Parade or
not, we are coming! We are coming to shop in your shops, to eat in your restaurants, to
stay in your hotels and most importantly to thank every New Yorker we see. The beacon
that burns so brightly will show us the way.”

from Bill, U.S.A.

“If this terrorism was to happen, thank God it struck directly on the people of New York
City. The total lack of panic and brave, compassionate response of your people is
absolutely amazing -- to all people of the world! Thank you all so much. Bill”

from Lisa Jack

“I have about 20 letters from my Brownie Girl Scout Troop that I would like to mail, but
I wanted to make sure that they will get to the right place. Can you tell me what address
to send them too.

Please let me know as soon as possible, we have several people that want to mail
encouragement letters but we have not been made aware here where to mail such things.
I understand the flooding of emails and letters but this was something the children wanted
to be involved with.

Thank You, Lisa Jack”

from Teddie Aggeles

“To Whom It May Concern:

First of all let me express my sadness for all New Yorkers over the horrible tragedy that
took place last week. My family and friends have been crying all week - we can't imagine
how those of you who live and work in the area feel.

I visited NYC for the first time in my life in "94, a four-day trip for graduation from a
girlfriend. I loved it - came back and bragged to my husband (who moved to St.
Petersburg, FL at the age of 9 from the Bronx) how a man even offered me his seat on the
subway. My friend and I walked the streets after a Broadway play - late at night. I would
never even do that here at home, where I was born and raised. I say all this to say, I'm
writing an article for a local newspaper on my wonderful experience and how I visited
the WTC to buy discounted Broadway tickets. I have a photo from the courtyard - I think
- there was a huge statue of Atlas holding the world. I need to make certain that was the
WTC courtyard before I send it in. I'm sorry to ask such a question at such a time, but it's
for a good reason.

My husband and I will celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary in Dec and I'm trying to
convince him we should go to NYC. I never did write a letter to your mayor, as I
intended to, telling him how great a city I thought NY was. I'm telling you now, that the
next best thing I think we could do is as the mayor stated, Come to New York and spend
our money.

Our thoughts, prayers and hopes are with the rescue teams, the victim's families and to all
you good people of New York.

If anyone could confirm that the courtyard did indeed have that statue, I would appreciate
it.

Thank You,
Teddie Aggeles”

from Rev. Del Birkey
“Please consider not to demolish the three steel fan-like sections jutting skyward in three
twisted angles, remnants of one of the towers. What a temporary or permanent
monument to the hundreds who died on Infamous Tuesday. Not only is it striking art
reminiscent of both Pearl Harbor and WW11, but preserved it would remain a physical
connection of sight and touch for multitudes seeking consolation and contemplation.
What could possibly be more effective and apropos?”

from Ben Foster, Foster’s Fine Art
“My name is Ben Foster. Owner and founder of Foster's Fine Art. I want to express our
concern and prayers for our fellow Americans in New York City. I am writing because I
would like to create a monument bronze sculpture memorial in memory of all who have
lost and gave their lives in this great tragedy of terrorism. I would like to bring honor to
the firefighters, policemen, aid workers, businessmen and women who have lost their
lives in this great tragedy. I want all Americans especially the next generation and
children not yet born to remember and honor the men and women who have sacrificed
and lost their lives in serving their fellow Americans. I believe that this project will also
aid in the healing of those that lost loved ones. I look forward to working with you.”

From Amber

“even from the farthest edges of the nation our thoughts are with you. God Bless. Amber”

From somewhere in the US
“First, I want you all to know that there are millions of prayers for your city and your
country, of course this goes without saying. I do not know how you can say the amount
of sorrow something like the weeks events produce. We have always said how much of a
great nation we are but you really see it now. Just know we will be ok, sometime in the
future.”

From a student

“Dear firemen,

It was very thoughtful of you [to] risk your lives for other United States Citizens. Your
bravery has really impressed me. What you did was extremely outstanding. The time ti
took you and all the people you saved. To put yourself facing fire and running back into a
building that was about to crumble was amazing. You have really proved to the Untied
States what you could do. What you did do, made a big difference. Your bravery is
something not all people can do. You have shown the world that everyone can trust you.
Thank you for everything you have done to this country.”

From somewhere in the US

“On the day of tragedy, I was at work and was passing by our break room. A co-worker
told me to watch what was happening on TV. An aircraft had struck tower 1 of the WTC.
I thought it was a small plane, out of control, it had lost its way, evacuate the tower and
all is done. I went to eat my breakfast, came back and watched in horror a second plane
attack tower 2. Now I am pissed. I now think terrorism without listening to the media.
You don’t have to be a genius to figure this out. I am helpless thinking about the people
trapped or consumed by this violent act. I am thousands of miles away watching this and
thinking, now we are vulnerable. I am sad, and in a daze, even though I am not there at
the WTC. I want to help the people, innocent people, working to make a living, provide
for themselves, or families. Helping to make our world a better place to live. When the
towers fell, my heart sank. There were firefighters, policemen and emergency workers in
the rescue effort. I could not contain my emotions…People of other nationalities came
together and were supportive, but could not understand why anyone would invade the
free and the brave. My heart goes out to all who have perished and the ones helping out
in the cleanup. I hope we can bring the responsible parties to justice swiftly with the
cooperation of the free world.

Sincerely,
Kurt R. Mueller, an American, with a conscience and pride in our country to overcome
and rebuild from the ashes and make this a better place to live and love, keep evil from
our borders and unite as one. Keep your heads high, we shall overcome.

From Judy and Family
“My family would like to extend our sympathy to New York! Not only is New York
grieving – people around the world are in shock, a state of disbelief and mourning for the
losses and destruction to your city.

It is a great hope to see people coming together and helping/volunteering, donating and
working hard to heal the city. I am unable to help and volunteer directly but please
know…our hearts are with you in New York city!”

From somewhere in the US

“Hello my name is Adam Williams.
I wrote this poem in commemoration to the victims and those in New York City.
Maybe you could do something with it.

Days of War

As the New days turn like Wars
In the stomach of a soldier waiting
For blood. I am ready.
I stand here in this place
Between the concrete and the tulip
And the sky, and the graffiti plains of
Scrawled cardboard.
And none Die like I, and none Live
Like I have lived.
Suddenly problems have disappeared
Because the Mount of Problems has
Reached so High.
And these countless bodies, and these
Bodies that cannot be counted – God surely
Holds their soul.

War. What is it good for?
Peace I say. Peace I say.
But neither never end.”

VIETNAM

From Ho Chi Minh City

“Dear Sirs/Ladies,

We are all terribly flabbergasted when hearing the latest news from CNN on the bloody
and horrified attacks led by the devil terrorists at the office buildings in the USA. Before
this great loss of lives and property of American, we, Toan Vinh Tours, a travel agent in
Vietnam would like to express our deepest sympathies to you and your, the Dear
Americans, and the US Government too.

As a tourist company, the hospitality, the cordiality, the friendship and the satisfaction of
customers are what we pursue and they are criteria of our company so we are extremely
disgusted at these filthiest terrorist activities. We do hope and strongly believe that you
very soon overcome this bad situation, the strength of justice and your enthusiasm will
have its logical voice. The USA, the Americans, and the US Government will soon
recover and be mighty. Please let us be your best friends that always seek the good things
as well as share this grief with your people.

We wish you all success,

God always with the Americans and the USA.

Sincerely yours
Chung Thien Dung”

				
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