When the Haitian Earthquake news first broke, it appeared to be only minor damage. Since those reports, we have learned this was an enormously damaging quake, one that has wreaked havoc across the island nation.
The Red Cross is now estimating deaths at over 50,000 100,000. The State Department has set up a hotline for Americans to inquire after family in Haiti: 888-407-4747.
There are several worthwhile charities that allow you to donate money — these are some of the better ones I am familiar with:
To donate to specific relief efforts in Haiti:
You can also use your cell phone to make donations:
-To donate $10 to the American Red Cross, text Haiti to 90999. The amount will be added to your next phone bill. (You can always donate to the International Response Fund, www.redcross.org)).
–To donate $5 to Wyclef Jean’s Haitian Yele charity, text 501501. The money will be added to your next phone bill. You can also visit www.yele.org.