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DISASTER IN HAITI AND HOW TO HELP

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Haiti after the earthquake on Tuesday photo: afp/getty

As the country of Haiti continues to reel after the massive 7.0 earthquake disaster that rocked Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, aid is staring to pour in, but for some it is too late. Some estimate that over 100,000 people are feared dead, and thousands injured with no shelter, clean water, or medical care for their injuries. Adding to this is the endless violence, political unrest, and poverty that plagues this country. In fact, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the country’s history paired with this natural disaster, “biblical, the tragedy that continues to daunt Haiti and the Haitian people.” It is absolutely devastating and many of you have asked me how you can help. Below is a list from the ABC 7 website of reputable charities and groups dedicated to aiding the people of Haiti during this time.

- InterAction, a coalition of U.S.-based international non-governmental organizations, has a list of agencies responding and how to donate to them. Find it here: http://www.interaction.org/crisis-list/earthquake-haiti

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
The State Department has set up a toll-free number to call for information about family members in Haiti: 1-888-407-4747. (Due to heavy volume, some callers may receive a recording.)

To help with relief efforts, cell phone users can text “HAITI” to “90999″ and $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross, charged to your cell phone bill.

AMERICAN RED CROSS
The American Red Cross pledged an initial $1 million to assist those affected by the devastation. The American Red Cross has partnered with the Haitian Red Cross, which is leading the response efforts.

People can donate by phone at (800) RED-CROSS or (800) 257-7575. Those who wish to donate by mail can do so by contacting their local Red Cross chapter or by mailing a donation to the following address:

  • American Red Cross
    P.O. Box 37243
    Washington D.C. 20013

Make donation online:

REGISTERED NURSE RESPONSE NETWORK
More than 700 registered nurses from across the U.S. have responded in just a few hours to the call by the nation’s largest organization of registered nurses for volunteers to provide assistance to residents of earthquake-devastated Haiti.

MERCY CORPS
Mercy Corps has set up a Haiti earthquake fund. People can donate by phone at (888) 256-1900 or online:

Those who wish to donate by mail can send a check to the follow address:

  • Mercy Corps
    Dept W
    P.O. Box 2669
    Portland, OR 97208-2669

UNICEF
Call to donate:

  • (800) FOR-KIDS (367-5437)

Send donation by mail (must print form from Web site):

  • U.S. Fund for UNICEF
    125 Maiden Lane
    New York, NY 10038

Make donation online:

AMERICARES
Call to donate:

  • (800) 486-4357

Make donation online:

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS
Call to donate:

  • (888) 392-0392

Make donation by mail (must print form from Web site):

  • Doctors Without Borders USA
    P.O. Box 5030
    Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030

Make donation online:

CARE

Call to donate:

  • (800) 521-CARE (521-2273)

Make donation by mail (must print form from Web site):

  • CARE
    Gift Center
    PO Box 1871
    Merrifield VA 22116-9753

Make donation online:

PARTNERS IN HEALTH
Make donation by mail (must print form from Web site):

  • Partners In Health
    P.O. Box 845578
    Boston, MA 02284-5578

Make donation online:

WORLD FOOD PROGAMME
Make donation online:

OPERATION USA
Call to donate:

  • (800) 678-7255

Make donation by mail:

  • Operation USA
    3617 Hayden Ave., Suite A
    Culver City, CA 90232

Make donation online:

SAMARITAN’S PURSE
Call to donate:

  • (800) 528-1980

Make donation by mail (must print form from Web site):

  • Samaritan’s Purse
    P.O. Box 3000
    Boone, NC 28607-3000

Make donation online:

OPERATION BLESSING INTERNATIONAL
Call to donate:

  • (757) 226-3401

Make donation online:

ACTION AGAINST HUNGER
Make donation by mail (must print form from Web site):

  • Action Against Hunger – USA Donations
    247 West 37th Street, 10th floor
    New York, NY 10018

Make donation online:

OXFAM AMERICA

Call to donate:

  • 800-77-OXFAM (800-776-9326)

Make donation by mail (must print form from Web site):

  • Oxfam America
    Haiti Earthquake Response Fund
    P.O. Box 1211
    Albert Lea, MN 56007-1211

Make donation online:

INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS
Call to donate:

  • (800) 481-4462

Make donation by mail:

  • ATTN: Development Department
    International Medical Corps
    1919 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 400
    Santa Monica, CA 90404

Make donation online:

INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE
Call to donate:

  • 877-REFUGEE (1-877-733-8433)

Make donation by mail:

  • International Rescue Committee
    P.O. Box 96651
    Washington, DC 20090-6651

Make donation online:

WORLD RELIEF CORPORATION
Make donation online:

HOPE FOR HAITI
Make donation online:

FOOD FOR THE POOR
Make donation online:

WORLD VISION
Make donation online:

YELE HAITI EARTHQUAKE FUND
To donate $5 to Wyclef Jean’s Haitian Yele charity, text 501501. The money will be added to your next phone bill.

Make donation online:

HELPING HANDS 4 HAITI
You can drop off infant/child/adult shoes and clothing (including socks, undergarments, sheets, blankets etc) at these three locations:

  • 1881 Walnut St La Verne, Ca 91750 (Drop off anytime)
  • Universal Lofts -3450 Cahuenga Blvd West 90068, Los Angeles Ca Loft #603 (Between hours of 10am-6pm)
  • 28649 Vista Madera, Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca 90275 (Drop Off anytime)

Contact information: Dina Joseph

  • Phone: (310) 467-7485
  • Twitter: JodiJos
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