By now I’m sure everyone has seen the graphic images of the devastation that hit Haiti after an earthquake struck this week. If you haven’t seen these images, take my word for it: these people need our help. For a country that was already struggling, a natural disaster of this proportion is completely devastating. People from around the world are rallying around our Haitian sisters and brothers to aid them in this difficult time.

Though there is an overwhelming amount to be done, it doesn’t take a whole lot for someone like you or me to help. The news media, U.S. government and charitable organizations have all said that the easiest way to assist in the relief effort is to make a cash donation. If these organizations have cash money, they can buy the supplies needed much closer to Haiti, instead of trying to ship them all the way from the U.S.

The most comprehensive relief effort listing I have found is at I have copied it here for you to make giving easier and safer. All of this information has been verified by CNN to be reputable and valid. Please join me in aiding Haiti.

Thank You,


You can also text donations for Haiti relief from your cell phone. In addition to your donation amount,
standard text messaging fees will apply.
Red Cross: Text HAITI to 90999 ($10 donation)
Yéle Haiti: Text YELE to 501501 ($5 donation) Or click the orange Yele Haiti banner on the home page.
United Way: Text HAITI to 864833 ($5 donation)
Intl Medical Corps: Text HAITI to 85944 ($10 donation)
You can make a difference by offering your time. These organizations will help you find a cause that inspires you
and fits your schedule.

• Corporation for National and Community Service
• Volunteering in America

The U.S. State Department has set up a hotline for information on family members who may be in Haiti: (888) 407.4747. This number is for information on U.S. citizens in Haiti only.

An International Red Cross spokesman warned that up to 3 million people may have been affected by Tuesday’s earthquake in Haiti. Below are some organizations specifically helping Haiti. Full Coverage | How to help Haiti Video | Feeding Haiti Video

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In addition to providing emergency relief, these organizations are providing the following aid to those in need:

Providing Basic Needs:
American Red Cross
United Nations Foundation/CERF
World Vision
International Relief Teams
Save the Children
Catholic Relief Services
Samaritan’s Purse
American Jewish World Services
Clinton Foundation
George W. Bush Center
Yéle Haiti
World Concern
Mercy Corps
Operation Blessing International
Mercy & Sharing
Oxfam America
International Rescue Committee
United Way Worldwide
Episcopal Relief & Development
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Love a Child
Project Hope
Concern Worldwide
Adventist Development and Relief Agency
Salesian Missions
World Neighbors
Providing Shelter:
Habitat for Humanity International
International Organization for Migration
Pan American Relief

Providing Medical Aid:
Direct Relief International
International Medical Corps
Medical Teams International
Doctors Without Borders
Operation USA
MAP International
World Health Organization
Project Medishare
Partners in Health

Providing Food:
World Food Programme
The Salvation Army
Compassion International
Food for the Poor
World Water Relief

Organizations accepting international currencies:
The International Committee of the Red Cross
UK: The Disasters Emergency Committee
UK: Merlin
Oxfam Great Britain
British Red Cross
The French Red Cross
Australian Red Cross
Italian Red Cross

For more information, please visit:

• Charity Guide
• VolunteerMatch
• USA Freedom Corps