How can I help Haiti?

I did hold off on this post, mostly to verify legit help sites, but also because I was busy collecting canned goods and blood for some local efforts. It’s winter in Chicago, and my normal routine is to help the homeless here not freeze. I didn’t want to take away from that, so it took a bit to catch up and sort out so no one gets short changed.

Anyone who has lived through a natural disaster knows how terrifying they are. Personally I find fires the worst, since you can spend days watching the fire get closer and closer before, finally, they decide it’s time for you to evacuate. Earthquakes, though, unlike pretty much every other disaster, have no warning signs yet. Oh, we know that California’s due a big one, and scientists have been saying for years that Haiti was eventually going to have one as well. Alas, they’re almost always right.

What can you do to help? Glad you asked!

Google’s donating a million on their own and have an easy way to donate to UNICEF and CARE on their webpage Support Disaster Relief in Haiti. They’ve also listed the (US only) organizations that are accepting SMS donations:

  • SMS text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief
  • SMS text “YELE” to 501501 to Donate $5 to Yele Haiti’s Earthquake Relief

@VickiiBee reports that Canadians can text “HAITI” to 45678 to donate $5 to the Salvation Army’s relief effort.

For those of us who don’t like texting money, and I understand that. The following sites will accept cash and in-kind donations directly: UNICEF (1-800-4UNICEF), Direct Relief, Yele Haiti, Partners in Health, Red Cross, World Food Program, Mercy Corps (1-888-256-1900), Save the Children, Lambi Fund, Doctors Without Borders, The International Rescue Committee, and Care.

Finally, if you feel the need to get hands-on, I do want to caution that there’s no easy way to get to Haiti right now. But you can donate blood. It’s always going to be needed. Chicago has LifeSource but you can hit up the Red Cross to find a local place near you.

Please share your local links in the comment section here. I know this is the exact sort of thing the JFO Nation tends to get behind.

4 thoughts on “How can I help Haiti?”

  1. I’m Dominican and live right next to Haiti. Already an extremely poor and challenged country, to be the victim of this horrible tragedy makes it that much more tragic. It has been devastating and the footage is simply heartbreaking! Hundreds of thousands have passed on die to this and people are running around not knowing what to do. The entire city has vanished leaving nothing but desperation and grieving behind. People are sleeping in the streets and have lost everything, including their loved ones. But just now has the decomp smell started to kick in (which all CSI fans know what I’m talking about and, like me, cringe to hear this) so the streets are the worst place to be. People are still missing and Haitians keep going through the debris trying and hoping with all their might to find their families alive. Just miles away from where this happened, I felt the earth shake for the few seconds and had no idea the damage would be to such extent.
    If ANYONE CAN HELP, if JUST WITH A SINGLE DOLLAR, ANY CONTRIBUTION WILL DO! I beg of you, the situation is beyond belief and those are our brothers out there suffering. We are all human beings, so let’s reach out a helping hand in this time of need!! Thank you so very much, from the bottom of my heart!

  2. My office, bless ’em, has a matching gift program, so I’ve kicked over money through them.

    The Humane Society is sending over some vets to help out the animals as well.

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