Haiti: How To Help

I wanted to take a quick break from my usual posts and mention a few ways that you can help the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

There are many celebrities rallying to spread the word on ways to help, including Ben Stiller and Lance Armstrong, who were already working in Haiti on a charitable project together. Just this morning I read that Angelina Jolie and Brat Pitt have donated $1 million for relief in Haiti.

So you don’t have $1 million to donate…what can you do?

Hip hop artist Wyclef Jean, a Haitian immigrant, led a huge charitable push on Twitter yesterday. Donate $5 to his Haitian charity, Yéle Haiti, by texting “YELE” to 501501.

You can also text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross relief for Haiti.

Save the Children has a donation page on their website…you can donate as little as $10, which would be a great way for children to make a small donation.

I know I have readers from across the United States, but many of you are also from Nashville. Today’s Tennessean has a good wrap-up of charities (several local) accepting donations to help send aid to Haiti. You can also donate to local Nashville charity Soles 4 Souls: Project Haiti Relief. Soles 4 Souls founder and CEO Wayne Elsey is very active on Twitter. Hope can be as simple as a pair of shoes for someone who is in need or for someone who is aiding in the search and rescue of survivors in the rubble.

No matter what charity you choose, I hope you choose to give!

13 comments

  1. Jamie says:

    Tania, I had not heard of that…great idea!

    Jeff, thanks for the (unfortunate) reminder.

    I just saw on the Share Our Strength Twitterstream that rumors of free flights to Haiti for doctors and nurses are just that, rumors:

    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/TECH/01/14/twitter.hoax.haiti/index.html?eref=edition&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
    .-= Jamie´s last blog ..Haiti: How To Help =-.

    Compassion International also has a big effort going:

    https://www.compassion.com/contribution/giving/disasterrelief.htm?referer=105910

    As does Unicef:

    http://www.supportunicef.org/site/pp.asp?c=9fLEJSOALpE&b=1023561

  2. Jennifer H says:

    Jeff has a good point. But I think it’s wonderful we are all rallying together to help. It’s really sad this happend and although I would love to be over there helping, I know that it would be too much for my heart to bear. I am thankful our troops are stepping up and offering helping hands.

  3. Colleen says:

    It’s promising to see so many people donating time and money. We’re donating through Catholic Relief Services as well as through a local pediatrician who started this relief organization: http://forwardinhealth.org/ several years ago.
    Thanks for the info about Soles 4 Souls. After visiting the website, I found there is a ups drop-off location near me.

  4. denise says:

    It is so sad that people try to make money off of tragedy. I usually just give to the Red Cross, as I trust them.

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