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• Two Portland-based based relief organizations will be involved in humanitarian-aid efforts in or near Iraq.

Mercy Corp is accepting donations online at: www.mercycorps.org, or by mail at: Mercy Corps, Iraq Emergency Fund, Dept. W, P.O. Box 2669, Portland, OR 97208. Phone:

1-800-292-3355, Ext. 250

• Northwest Medical Teams is accepting donations online at: www.nwmedicalteams.org, click on You Can Help. By mail: Northwest Medical Teams, P.O. Box 10, Portland, OR 97207. Phone: 1-800-959-4325

• Battlefield communications

The American Red Cross' Oregon Trail Chapter facilitates emergency communications between active-duty military members and their families. Families of active service members can call 503-284-1234.

• Financial

assistance

The Red Cross puts families in touch with military aid societies. Active service members' families can call 503-284-1234. Financial donors can call 1-800-435-7669. It also provides confidential emergency referrals and guidance to families.