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10 Ways YOU Can Help Haiti NOW

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Participate in the relief effort for the victims of the Haiti earthquake -- without leaving your desk!

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If you can't make it over to Haiti yourself to contribute to the relief effort, don't despair -- you don't have to leave your home or office to make a difference. All of the organizations below accept online donations. Start helping now.

The American Red Cross
is pledging an initial $200,000 to assist communities impacted by this earthquake. Donate online or text "HAITI" to 90999 and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill.

The Haiti Earthquake Relief Center is run by the Haitian Alliance, which has been working to make Haiti "green and literate" (including tree-planting efforts), and is coordinating collections and shipments of food, medicine, and temporary shelter (tents, blankets, etc.) to the millions of Haitians affected by the quake.

CARE is sending relief workers into the city of Port-au-Prince and needs funds to support its efforts. Suggested donations range from $50 to $1,000, but you can name your own amount if you prefer.

UNICEF has issued a statement that "Children are always the most vulnerable population in any natural disaster, and UNICEF is there for them." UNICEF requests donations for relief for children in Haiti via their Haiti Earthquake Fund. You can also call 1-800-4UNICEF.

Singer Wyclef Jean's foundation, YĆ©le Haiti. Text "YELE" to 501501 and $5 will be charged to your phone bill and given to relief projects through the organization.

Oxfam is rushing in teams from around the region to respond to the situation to provide clean water, shelter, sanitation, and help people recover. 

Operation USA is appealing for donations of funds from the public and corporate donations in bulk of health care materials, water purification supplies, and food supplements, which it will ship to the region from its base in the Port of Los Angeles. Donate online at, by phone at 1-800-678-7255, or by check made out to Operation USA, 3617 Hayden Ave, Suite A, Culver City, CA 90232.

Save the Children has launched an emergency relief effort for Haiti. Donate to their fund to provide medical attention and clean water to children and families.

Doctors Without Borders is on the ground and has set up clinics to treat the injured in Haiti. Donate any amount so they can keep their efforts going.

Soles4Souls is committing 100,000 pairs of new shoes to the victims of the Haiti earthquake. They are also partnering with other trusted organizations to send complete aid packages that include food, bottled water, medical supplies, tents, blankets, flashlights, and baby products. 

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Anonymous January 14, 2010, 12:55 PM

Good list! People need to know this. There are those who use this tragedy to take advantage of sincere individuals who really want to help. So if they have a list of legitimate organizations they know exactly who to send their gifts to.

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