Haiti Earthquake: How You Can Help the Victims
From the Red Cross to the government, here's what some are doing to help.
Jan. 13, 2010 — -- 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. 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.
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:
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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."
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.
For more resources on how to help, please visit Whitehouse.gov.
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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.
UNICEF invited people to give by mail by printing out a form on its Web site, which you can find by clicking here.
Those interested in donating can also call (800) For Kids or (800) 367-5437.
Food for the Hungry has staff located near the earthquake and in neighboring Dominican Republic, according to the organization's Web site.
The site calls on visitors to donate to "help us respond now."
The Salvation Army is mobilizing resources and personnel to assist with the international relief effort in Haiti, the group said in a statement today.
The group has been working in Haiti since 1950. At present, they operates schools, clinics, a hospital, feeding programs, children's homes and church-related activities in Port-au-Prince.They are sending more than 44,000 pounds of pre-packaged emergency rations to the country, along with emergency disaster teams.
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The mission of Action Against Hunger is to save lives by eliminating hunger through the prevention, detection and treatment of malnutrition, especially during and after emergency situations of conflict, war and natural disaster.Click here to learn more about what Action Against Hunger is doing in Haiti and find out how to help.
Save the Children has been working in Haiti since 1985, and has offices in earthquake-ravaged Port-au-Prince.
The charity has begun to assess needs and damage, and has already started to help affected children and families. The agency was already sending out teams by motorbike in Port-au-Prince on Wednesday morning, and is flying in additional staff to help support the emergency response.
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