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September 2, 2005 3:00 AM

Donations to hurricane relief pick up strongly

Donations to charities that are helping Hurricane Katrinas victims surged Friday in an outpouring that, if it persists, could set a record for private disaster relief. Charity analysts said saturation news coverage and big corporate contributions were reasons for the sudden upswing in giving. Another, they said, was a perception among donors that government agencies werent doing enough.

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