The humanitarian crisis enveloping Haiti is the largest natural disaster since the Tsunami in Southeast Asia 5 years ago. The fears in the first responder community are that this disaster could rival the massive Chinese quake that killed more than 240,000 in 1976. If the spirit moves you to help, these are the organizations equipped to do it.
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- Action Against Hunger, 877-777-1420
- Agape Flights, 941-584-8078
- American Red Cross, 800-733-2767
- American Jewish World Service, 212-792-2900
- Beyond Borders, 866-424-8403
- CARE, 800-521-2273
- Catholic Relief Services, 800-736-3467
- Childcare Worldwide, 800-553-2328
- Concern Worldwide, 212-557-8000
- Cross International, 800-391-8545
- Direct Relief International, 805-964-4767
- Doctors Without Borders, 888-392-0392
- Feed My Starving Children, 763-504-2919
- Food for the Poor, 800-427-9104
- Friends of WFP, 866-929-1694
- Haiti Children, 877-424-8454
- Haiti Foundation Against Poverty
- Haiti Marycare, 203-675-4770
- Haitian Health Foundation, 860-886-4357
- Hope for Haiti, 239-434-7183
- International Medical Corps, 800-481-4462
- International Rescue Committee, 877-733-8433
- International Relief Teams, 619-284-7979
- Lutheran World Relief, 800-597-5972
- Medical Teams International, 800-959-4325
- Meds and Food for Kids, 314-420-1634
- Mennonite Central Committee, 888-563-4676
- Mercy Corps, 888-256-1900
- Operation USA, 800-678-7255
- Oxfam, 800-776-9326
- Partners in Health, 617-432-5298
- Rural Haiti Project, 347-405-5552
- The Salvation Army, 800-725-2769
- Save the Children, 800-728-3843
- UN Central Emergency Response Fund
- UNICEF, 800-367-5437
- World Concern, 800-755-5022
- World Hope International, 888-466-4673
- World Relief, 800-535-5433
- World Vision, 888-511-6548
- Yele Haiti, 212-352-0552
Wyclef Jean’s grassroots org
Text Yele to 501 501 to donate $5 via your cellphone
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. (More information)
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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“Past tragedies and natural disasters have prompted individuals with criminal intent to solicit contributions purportedly for a charitable organization or a good cause,” the FBI said, in passing along these tips:
- Ignore unsolicited e-mails, and do not click on links within those messages.
- Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as surviving victims or officials asking for donations via e-mail or social networking sites.
- Be cautious of e-mails that claim to show pictures of the disaster areas in attached files, because the files may contain computer viruses. Open attachments only from know senders.
- Decline to give personal or financial information to anyone who solicits contributions.
- Make contributions directly to known organizations, rather than relying on others who claim in e-mails that they will channel the donation to established groups.
The FBI says anyone receipting an e-mail that appears to be a scam should forward it to this website: www.ic3.gov