If you have seen the images of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after the magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the city Tuesday, then you have probably been wondering what you can do to help.
Here is a brief round-up of ways you can assist.
1) The White House: If you would like to support the urgent humanitarian effort in
Haiti, visit www.whitehouse.gov/haitiearthquake, where you can learn more
about how to contribute. Americans trying to locate family members in Haiti are encouraged to contact the State Department at 1-888-407-4747.
2) American Red Cross: To help, you can make an unrestricted donation to the International Response
Fund at www.redcross.org or by
calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). You can also help by
texting “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation to the Red Cross,
through an effort backed by the U.S. State Department. Funds will go to
support American Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.
3) The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations to assist in the effort via Online Credit Card Donations,
1-800-SAL-ARMY and postal mail at: The Salvation Army World Service
Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 630728, Baltimore,
MD 21263-0728. Designate donations “Haiti Earthquake.”
4) Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières: You can give to Doctors Without Borders’ Haiti Earthquake Response; for questions or assistance with your online donation, you can speak to
Doctors Without Borders Donor Services at 1-212-763-5779 Monday-Friday
from 9am – 5pm EST, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And if you want to get the skinny on any non-profit before you make a donation, check out Charity Navigator, an organization that evaluates charitable non-profits.