• Financial donations

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

Mercy Corps is accepting donations online at or by mail to Mercy Corps, Iraq Emergency Fund, Dept. W, P.O. Box 2669, Portland, OR 97208; 1-800-292-3355, Ext. 250.

Northwest Medical Teams is accepting donations online at or by mail to Northwest Medical Teams, P.O. Box 10, Portland, OR 97207; 1-800-959-4325.

• Letters from the front

If you have received e-mail or letters from friends and relatives in the Iraq war and would like to share them with Tribune readers, contact News Editor Connie Pickett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-546-5167.

• To donate blood

Contact the American Red Cross, Oregon Trail Chapter, 3131 N. Vancouver Ave.; 1-800-448-5433. Blood donation hours are 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

• Public transportation

TriMet security personnel will be checking all MAX trains that arrive at Portland International Airport. If the national terror threat level is elevated to red (highest), no passenger may board or remain on a bus or MAX train without an operator on board.

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