Sunday, January 17, 2010

Help For Haiti

As the relief efforts in Haiti continue following last week's devastating earthquake, I believe it's important to make a donation to the cause and to encourage others to do the same. Following the initial search and rescue amidst the rubble and destruction, there is a serious threat that chaos will consume the country as thousands of people are left homeless and living without food, clean water, medicine or even a semblance of a functioning infrastructure. Many American and International organizations are sending relief workers down to Haiti to help maintain order and provide life-saving and life-sustaining resources. We need to make sure they have the monetary resources to get the job done. Everyone should give a little to support this humanitarian effort.

It's very easy to make a donation to the relief effort, simple by texting a message to the non-profit of your choice. Web sites and mobile phones are helping people to contribute record amounts to Haiti relief. Since launching it's mobile fundraiser on Tuesday, The Red Cross has raised over $10 million for the cause.

Though Text-To-Give donations may be held for up to 90 days before they reach their intended organization, that's okay. The issues facing Haiti are not going to be corrected overnight. It's going to take a long time to get a handle on the situation, and these funds are essential to helping groups continue their work in Haiti, long after the initial media coverage fades away. Below is a list of different organizations to which you can text donation pledges. Please give what you can. You can also go to www.whitehouse.gov to learn more about the coordinated efforts to help the people of Haiti.

•Text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross
•Text HAITI to 25383 to donate $5 to International Rescue Committee
•Text HAITI to 45678 to donate $5 to the Salvation Army in Canada
•Text HAITI to 20222 to donate $10 through the Clinton Foundation
•Text HAITI to 864833 to donate $5 to The United Way
•Text CERF to 90999 to donate $5 to The United Nations Foundation
•Text DISASTER to 90999 to donate $10 to Compassion International
•Text RELIEF to 30644 (this will connect you with Catholic Relief Services and instruct you to donate money with your credit card)

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