Text to help Haiti

Published 8:05 pm Thursday, January 14, 2010

Giving has never been easier. You can text a word to four different numbers and that charges $5 or $10 to your cell phone bill. That money will go to Haiti relief.

The four organizations are:

Red Cross- text HAITI to 90999 to send a $10 donation. The American Red Cross is sending money, supplies and staff to Haiti to support relief efforts there after yesterday’s earthquake, which caused catastrophic damage and loss of life. The Red Cross contributed an initial $1 million from the International Response Fund to support the relief operation, and has opened its warehouse in Panama to provide tarps, mosquito nets and cooking sets for approximately 5,000 families. You can also contribute to the Red Cross by going to redcross.org or calling 1-800-redcross.

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Yéle Haiti- text YELE to 501501 to send a $5 donation. Yéle Haiti is a grassroots movement that builds global awareness for Haiti. Yéle’s community service programs include food distribution and mobilizing emergency relief. Grammy-Award winning musician, humanitarian and Goodwill Ambassador to Haiti Wyclef Jean founded Yéle Haiti in 2005. The money donated will go to cover basic needs in Haiti. You can also contribute to this organization by going to www.yele.org/donation/

United Way- text HAITI to 864833 to send a $5 donation. The United Way is taking the money donated to support long-term recovery efforts to rebuild lives and infrastructure devastated by disaster and to address educational, financial and health-related challenges.

United Way Worldwide members in the Caribbean region have mobilized their staff, volunteer leaders and resources in response. Checks can be sent to the address below with the “Fund” referenced in either the memo line or an enclosed correspondence: United Way Worldwide P.O. Box 630568 Baltimore, MD 21263-0568.

International Medical Corps- Text HAITI to 85944 to contribute a $10 donation. International Medical Corps’ Emergency Response Team is in Port-au-Prince assisting survivors. The team is providing medical care outside the general hospital. Other members of the Emergency Response Team are conducting a rapid needs assessment and visiting hospitals around the city to explore their condition. In addition to emergency medical care, International Medical Corps will also focus on providing emergency shelter and other essential items in its relief effort.

All the money sent via text will show up on your next month’s cell phone bill. Please help if you can.