By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Sep 14, 2001 at 5:21 AM

Tuesday's terrorist acts dealt a blow to the American psyche. However, a silver lining has emerged as Americans unite, using the new medium of the Internet to donate.

Giving has never been easier, and there are ample opportunities to donate money from your PC. It's quick, convenient and safe. And so far, according to aid organizations, Internet donations have made a massive difference.

"It's been wonderful so far," said Kathy Fargo, director of public affairs for the Milwaukee chapter of the American Red Cross. "We've received our largest online donations in history. Nationally, over $1 million was collected in 12 hours. Almost one donation per second."

There are numerous opportunities for giving through the nation's largest Web sites. At, you can give to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Already, more than $3 million has been collected, and the number grows by the minute. Donations range from $1-$100, and all the money goes to the Red Cross to aid victims and their families. The Red Cross is accepting online donations directly at

Yahoo also allows online contributions to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Go to to donate and for additional information.

The United Way of America has concentrated its nationwide network of community based organizations on relief efforts in response to the terrorist attacks. To contribute to the September 11 fund, head over to

Another organization doing all it can to help is the Salvation Army. They are accepting online donations at

The Internet also gives people across the country the ability to donate directly to those in desperate need of help. The City of New York is accepting donations to assist the families of Police, Fire, EMS and other city employees involved in rescue efforts. They are also seeking emergency supplies. To find out more go to


As the number of firefighters missing and presumed dead continues to mount, the Widow & Children's Fund is also taking donations. To help out go to

A word of warning. As always scam artists are online posing as an organization or individual looking to help, and they seek access to email addresses and other personal information in the hopes of getting money for themselves. Be cautious when giving out any personal information.