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Haiti earthquake: How to help

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How to help Haiti earthquake victims

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.

Donate money

  • 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 earthquake efforts.

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.

SALE.com can help you find retailers taking part of their own aid efforts. Simply go to the Scoop page and search for Haiti. In one click, stores like Kiehl's, Timberland, Ralph Lauren, Rugby, Stacks and Stacks, Lane Bryant, and Café Press will offering direction for how to easily contribute to a nation in crisis from your computer.

For more ways to help children and women worldwide:

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