After the earthquake in Haiti we have all been asking how we can help. For so many of us there is no way for us to physically go there and help. But, there are ways that we can help from home. As sad as it seems I’m positive there are a good number of people getting scammed by fake charities. Make sure before donating that you are donating to a reputable charity. Make sure there is a way you can be in contact with the charity after making your donation. They should have a phone number, address, and email address. You can also verify charities through websites such as: www.charitynavigator.org, www.charityguide.org, and www.bbb.org/charity.
Here are some legitimate charities I have found:
https://unicef.org The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is absorbing all associated administrative costs so that 100% of every dollar you give to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF will support UNICEF’s relief efforts for children in Haiti.
www.care.org Your gift to CARE now will help us address immediate needs of survivors, and
assist Haitians as they rebuild their lives and communities in the future.
www.doctorswithoutborders.org has treated more than 1,000 patients in four tented facilities. The primary concern at the moment is the overwhelming numbers of people who need immediate treatment and major surgery.
www.yele.org Wyclef Jean’s charity
ajws.org/haitiearthquake/ The agency supports grass-roots, community-based organizations in remote locations whose needs are not always met by larger organizations.
www.americares.org This nonprofit disaster relief organization delivers medicine, medical supplies and aid to people in crisis around the world.
www.crs.org The money will go toward immediate needs, which includes water, food, hygiene kits, bedding and basic cooking utensils, among other items.
www.loveachild.com Monetary donations will be used for food, clothing, shelter, schools and medical needs, among other program services.
Text your donation:
• 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 YELE to 501501 to donation $5 to Yele
• Text RELIEF to 30644 to get automatically connected to Catholic Relief Services and donate money with your credit card
• 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
I can’t even begin to imagine what the people in Haiti are going through right now. It has to seem like there is never going to be relief. I wish I could reach out and hug them, tell them that we’re going to make it better for them. It’s heartbreaking to think of the babies/children who have lost their parents, and the parents who have lost their children.
The thought of all these people being tossed into mass graves, and even thrown into piles of burning tires sickens me. I know they have to do something with the bodies, but it seems inhumane.
If you can spare a couple dollars, pick a charity and donate. You will never know how far a few dollars will go in Haiti.
Please donate, and donate safely!