SALT LAKE CITY – To assist the American Red Cross in its response to yesterday’s tragic attacks, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is donating $160,000. The money comes from generous contributions to the Church’s humanitarian relief fund.

The Presiding Bishop of the Church, Bishop H. David Burton, said $150,000 will be given to the national office of the American Red Cross to assist with search and rescue work, emergency food and shelter, or other needs arising from the terrorist activities in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. Another $10,000 contribution will go to the American Red Cross chapter in Salt Lake City to offset its costs in helping stranded travelers obtain food and shelter here.

“All of our hearts ache and reach out to the victims of these tragedies,” said Bishop Burton. “Latter- day Saints have been eager to do something to help, to ease the hurt. We believe using contributions that Church members are making to the Church humanitarian fund is a quick and effective way to get aid where it’s needed.”