Saturday, January 16, 2010

Haiti Relief Information

Haiti Relief

It's incredibly easy to give money to Haiti earthquake relief funds. You can text your donation, call it in or donate online. This isn't a comprehensive list--there are probably hundreds of sites out there offering support to Haiti. I'm at least familiar with the ones I'm listing, though, so I feel relatively comfortable citing them.

Unicef (International)
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (International) (Also gives a way of donating by bank transfer)
OxFam (International). Scroll to the bottom of their page to donate.
Wyclef Jean is raising money through his Yele foundation. Click here to donate.
Salvation Army (United States) (Donate buttons are on the right)

Here is a list of cell phone numbers to text your contribution to:

(Please note: I'm not sure which of these work outside of the U.S. and which don't)

Haiti Text-To-Give Numbers,

Text HAITI to 25383 to donate $5 to International Rescue Committee
Text HAITI to 45678 to donate $5 to the Salvation Army in Canada
Text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross
Text HAITI to 864833 to donate $5 to The United Way
Text CERF to 90999 to donate $5 to The United Nations Foundation
Text Yele to 501501 to donate $5. (Wyclef Jean's Organization
Text HAITI to 20222 to donate $10 through the Clinton Foundation

From what I've read, there's a delay to the texted funds being available to the relief effort. I also read that if you use your credit card, some credit cards are holding back as much as 3.5% for "transaction fees". Nice, huh? I wouldn't let any of that deter you, though. I know a lot of people don't have that much money, but if you think you can give even $5, I'm sure it would go a long way.

Many of these organizations will let you donate from their website, just keep in mind that you may need to specify that you want your funds to go to the earthquake fund. I donated on the American Red Cross website, and I had to specify the Haitian earthquake fund. You can also call the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS

The Salvation Army (U.S.) accepts donations through telephone. The number is 1-800-SAL-ARMY. They also accept checks in the mail--enter your zip code on their website to get your local location.

Of course, the Haitians aren't the only people devasted right now. There are other emergency situations arising every day. There's only so much we can do, though. If you'd like to spread your donation out to other relief efforts, most of the websites I listed support other efforts. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies give a lot of information about their various relief efforts on their website. There have been a lot of earthquakes this month already--it's almost impossible to wrap my head around.

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