Thursday, January 14, 2010

How to Help: Haiti Earthquake Relief

The earthquake in Haiti is very devastating and heartbreaking, and the people are really in need of assistance. If you are able to send any donations be it financially or by putting together care packages, MSN provided websites and phone numbers (for a full lists from msn click here:), I have included a few below:

** American Red Cross, 800-733-2767
** American Jewish World Service, 212-792-2900
** Beyond Borders, 866-424-8403
** CARE, 800-521-2273
** Food for the Poor, 800-427-9104
** Haitian Health Foundation, 860-886-4357
** Meds and Food for Kids, 314-420-1634
** Rural Haiti Project, 347-405-5552
** The Salvation Army, 800-725-2769
** UNICEF, 800-367-5437
** World Relief, 800-535-5433
** Yele Haiti, 212-352-0552
Wyclef Jean's grassroots org: Text Yele to 501 501 to donate $5 via your cellphone

The U.S. State Department Operations Center said Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti should call 1-888-407-4747. Due to heavy volume, some callers may receive a recording. "Our embassy is still in the early stages of contacting American citizens through our Warden Network," the U.S. State Department said in a statement. "Communications are very difficult within Haiti at this time."

Tips from the FBI to avoid being scamed while trying to donate to the earthquake relief:

* Ignore unsolicited e-mails, and do not click on links within those messages.

* Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as surviving victims or officials asking for donations via e-mail or social networking sites.

* Be cautious of e-mails that claim to show pictures of the disaster areas in attached files, because the files may contain computer viruses. Open attachments only from know senders.

* Decline to give personal or financial information to anyone who solicits contributions.

* Make contributions directly to known organizations, rather than relying on others who claim in e-mails that they will channel the donation to established groups.

The FBI says anyone receiving an e-mail that appears to be a scam should forward it to this website:

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