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Americans Urged to Support American Red Cross Disaster Relief Efforts for Hurricanes of 2008

Donations now accepted through Coinstar Centers(R) at retail locations nationwide

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Americans can help the Red Cross provide disaster relief to those affected by the recent hurricanes by donating their coins at the Coinstar Center at grocery stores or other retail locations. Simply select the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund or enter code 7000. These funds enable the Red Cross to provide immediate food, shelter, counseling and other assistance to those in need.

"We are thankful that Coinstar is activating this donation vehicle for the Disaster Relief Fund," said Jeffrey Towers, chief development officer for the American Red Cross. "With the support of Coinstar, the Red Cross continues to help those who are confronting disruptive and devastating circumstances this hurricane season."

Coinstar Inc., a national fundraising partner of the Red Cross, has mobilized its network of retailer-based machines to accept donations in the form of loose coins to aid the victims of disasters. Donations to the Disaster Relief Fund enable the Red Cross to provide victims with the most immediate basic needs. The Red Cross and Coinstar Inc. have partnered in disaster fundraising efforts since 2001. During the response to Hurricane Katrina, Americans donated more than $600,000 through Coinstar Centers.

"In the wake of a disaster it is encouraging to know that communities come together to help their neighbors," said Alex Camara, senior vice president and general manager of worldwide coin, Coinstar, Inc. "The hurricanes have affected thousands of Americans and, as their neighbors, we can make a big difference by donating much needed funds to the American Red Cross."

About Coinstar, Inc.

Coinstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSTR) is a multi-national company offering a range of 4th Wall(TM) solutions for the retailers' front of store consisting of self-service coin counting, electronic payment solutions, entertainment services, money transfer and self-service DVD rental. The company's products and services can be found at more than 50,000 retail locations including supermarkets, drug stores, mass merchants, financial institutions, convenience stores and restaurants. Coinstar has collected more than $28 million in consumer coin donations.

About the American Red Cross

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year, disasters like the Hurricanes of 2008, by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of disaster. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster please do so at the time of your donation. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting

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