Haiti Earthquake: How You Can Help the Victims

PHOTO A strong earthquake hit Haiti on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 where a hospital collapsed and people were screaming for help. Other buildings also were damaged.

After a magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked Haiti 10 miles from the capital of Port-au-Prince Tuesday, the United States and countries around the world have shifted their focus to helping those in need.

Click here for our full report on the quake and its aftermath.

U.S. State Department

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the earthquake a "catastrophic" event and said the United States "will be providing both civilian and military disaster relief and humanitarian assistance."

In a blog post on the U.S. State Department Web site, Clinton's Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills called for those wanting to help to donate $10 by texting "HAITI" to "90999." The $10 donation will go automatically to the Red Cross "to help with relief efforts" and will be charged directly to your cell phone bill, the Web site said.

For more information, click here to visit the U.S. State Department Web site.

American Red Cross

Hours after the quake struck, the American Red Cross pledged an initial $200,000 to assist those affected by the devastation. The American Red Cross has partnered with the Haitian Red Cross, which is leading the response efforts.

The American Red Cross offers several ways to donate to various funds, including international relief to Haiti.

Click here to visit the American Red Cross Web site to find out more or donate online.

Those who wish to donate by phone can dial (800) Redcross or (800) 257-7575.

Those who wish to donate by mail can do so by contacting their local Red Cross chapter or by mailing a donation to the following address:

American Red Cross
P.O. Box 37243
Washington D.C. 20013

William J. Clinton Foundation

Former president Bill Clinton is the United Nations special envoy to Haiti.

"My UN office and the rest of the UN system are monitoring the situation," Clinton said in a statement today. "While we don't yet know the full impact of this 7.0-magnitude earthquake, we do know that the survivors need immediate help."

Click here to donate to the foundation's Haiti Relief Fund and other relief efforts they support.

Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services made a $5 million commitment for emergency supplies and is preparing to send water purification tablets, plastic sheeting, hygiene kits and mosquito nets to Haiti from the Dominican Republic, according to its Web site.

Click here to find out how to help Catholic Relief Services.

CLICK HERE for information on safely making charitable donations during a crisis.

For more resources on how to help, please visit Whitehouse.gov.

How to Help Haiti Quake Victims

Mercy Corps

While Mercy Corps does not have a staff in Haiti, the organization does have "extensive experience responding to earthquakes," according to Mercy Corps contributor Randy Martin.

The agency started planning a deployment to Haiti Tuesday evening and quickly set up the Haiti Earthquake Fund.

Click here to find out more or donate online.

Those who wish to donate by phone can call (888) 256-1900.

Or donate by mail by sending a check to the follow address:
Mercy Corps
Dept W
P.O. Box 2669
Portland, OR 97208-2669

UNICEF

Shortly following the quake's eruption, the U.S. division of UNICEF issued a statement on its blog calling attention to some of the smallest victims of the emergency.

"Children are always the most vulnerable population in any natural disaster, and UNICEF is there for them," the statement said.

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