On January 12, 2010, the nation of Haiti and its capital city Port-au-Prince was hit by a devastating earthquake with recorded magnitudes of over 7.0 on the Richter scale. Most of its capital city has been left in ruins and the Red Cross is estimating nearly 3 million people are in dire need of help. Here are ways you can help the many victims of the Haitian earthquake.
Searching for family members?
The State Department has set up a line for Americans who needs information about family members living in Haiti. Please call (888) 407-4747, but be advised that you might be directed to a
message since the volume of calls is very high.
The Red Cross has set up an International
Response Fund in order to help their relief efforts in Haiti.
Mercy Corps has also set up a fund to donate money to help the victims of the Haitian earthquake.
Unicef is also accepting donations and has set up a donation site specifically to help assist in their
Donate via text
A quick way to donate is via text messaging:
Text "Haiti" to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross relief
Text "Yele" to 501501 to donate $5 to Yele Haiti's Earthquake Relief
SMS text "GIVE10" to 20222 to donate $10 to Direct Relief
More ways to donate
Here are more organizations involved in helping the nation of Haiti after this tragic earthquake.