Haiti Earthquake Relief: How You Can Help

A list of charitable organizations active in the nation

The U.S. State Department Operations Center said Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti should call 1-888-407-4747. Due to heavy volume, some callers may receive a recording. “Our embassy is still in the early stages of contacting American citizens through our Warden Network,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement. “Communications are very difficult within Haiti at this time.”

For those interesting in helping immediately, simply 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. You can also text “HAITI” to 20222 to donate $10 to the Clinton Foundation.(More information)

UPS has donated $1 million dollars to Haiti. People are encouraged to take boxes of food 50lbs and under to your local UPS. They will ship the goods to Haiti free of charge.

MSNBC and HuffingtonPost are two sites I recommend you check out. Both have a comprehensive list of charities working in or collecting money for Haiti. The HuffingtonPost reports that some major credit cards companies like American Express and Mastercard are waiving fees normally charged to nonprofits. This means that what you donate is what your charity gets. Check with your credit card company about their policies if you are unsure.

Finally, the FBI urges people who are looking for ways to help with earthquake relief to be wary of solicitations that could be from scam artists.

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