Lending a Hand

It’s been nearly one week since the devastating earthquake hit Haiti.

The past week has seen an amazing outpouring of support from the writing community and others all over the world.

Unfortunately, we’ve also seen scammers using this tragedy to bilk money from people who are trying to do good. Here are a few reputable sources you can donate to to ensure that your good deed actually does good for the survivors in Haiti.

Red Cross
The Red Cross is a huge part of the relief effort, coordinating volunteers and supplies. You can make a donation through the Red Cross website. Or, you can make a quick and easy $10 donation by texting Haiti to 90999. A $10 donation will be added to your phone bill.

The United Nations child-focused charitable fund is working on the ground to save children who have been hurt in the earthquake. Donate through their website.

Hope for Haiti Telethon
George Clooney has organized a telethon to air Friday, January 22, on all of the U.S. broadcast and some cable channels. The telethon will raise funds for the Red Cross, UNICEF, Oxfam America, Partners in Health and Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Foundation. I’m not sure if it will be broadcast internationally–check your local listings to find out.

You can check other charities through your state attorney general’s office (if you’re in the U.S.) or through your local government (if you are in another country). Thank you for all that you have done so far to help the citizens of Haiti.


2 Responses to “Lending a Hand”

  1. 1 Andrea I
    19 January, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Charity Navigator is an excellent site to check charities. It evaluates and rates charities. They have a list posted of the organizations working in Haiti and their ratings.

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