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:
• Shelterbox
• 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
• Americares
• 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