Sandra Bullock has donated $1 million to the American Red Cross to help victims of the Sept. 11 terrorism attacks.

"This gift is to help the Red Cross provide care and comfort for the victims of tragedy and support for the families of the courageous men and women who give selflessly in the very worst of times," the actress said.

The money will help provide food, shelter and emotional and medical support to people involved in rescue and salvage operations as well as the families of those killed in the hijacking attacks on New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

Dr. Bernadine Healy, president of the Red Cross, said the organization is "thrilled" by the contribution and praised the 37-year-old actress, who played a Red Cross nurse in the 1996 wartime romance In Love and War.

"She captured so well the spirit of the Red Cross then, and clearly that spirit remains in her heart today," Healy said.