Friday, January 15, 2010

Haitian Relief: Don't Be Scammed

If it falls upon your conscience to donate money to help out in Haiti--Haiti, after all, has some complex and fascinating historical ties to Louisiana--below are some links that might make giving a bit easier without having your money end up in the pockets of some huckster:

Partners in Health/Zanmi Lasante--donate here.

American Red Cross--just click the "radio button" next to "Haiti relief."

It's possible to donate to the Red Cross via text; to donate to the Red Cross, text the word "Haiti" to the number 90999.

The International Committee of the Red Cross

United Nations World Food Programme

Yele Haiti--Haitian-born singer Wyclef Jean's organization.

To send $5, donors can text "Yele" to the number 501501.

Catholic Relief Services

If you or someone you know has family members in Haiti, you may be able to find out more by calling the U.S. State Department's Haiti Hotline at (888) 407-4747. Call volume has been heavy, so callers may hear a recorded message or end up on hold for a while.

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