How to Send Aid to Haiti

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:

Doctors Without Borders

Oxfam’s emergency appeal

Partners In Health

United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)

International Red Cross

Partners in Health


Operation USA

American Jewish World Service

Habitat for Humanity

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,

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

InterAction has a list of agencies responding and how to donate to them.  You can also Find more ways to help through the Center for International Disaster Information.

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