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RESPONSE TO TERROR | IN BRIEF / WASHINGTON, D.C.

Red Cross Offers to Return Donations

November 13, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

The American Red Cross, under fire for its use of money raised since the terrorist attacks, said it will return donations to any contributor who requests a refund.

The emergency relief group, which has collected about $500 million since Sept. 11, touched off a controversy last month by announcing that not all of the funds would go to victims of the attacks.

More than $200 million will be held in reserve in case it is needed for other terrorist attacks, the group said.

The question of how the money should be used played a part in Red Cross Director Bernadine Healy's recent decision to resign at year's end. Some lawmakers in a congressional oversight committee accused the group of taking advantage of the tragedy to bolster its budget.

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