Wednesday, January 13, 2010

How to Help Haiti

There have been at least two significant aftershocks since a quake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale hit Haiti yesterday near Port-au-Prince.  Landlines and cell phones are down and widespread death and destruction are feared.

Garry Pierre-Pierre, the editor and publisher of The Haitian Times, based in Brooklyn, told the NY Times that he had finally reached a friend in Port-au-Prince after hours of working the phones. She told him, "A lot of people are sitting or sleeping in front of the rubble that used to be their homes.”

How to Help:

American Red Cross Donation Line (you can specify Haiti)

UNICEF Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund (for the children)

Text “Yele” to 501501 to donate $5 to Wyclef Jean’s earthquake relief fund.
Text "Haiti" to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross.

UPDATE: Public Advocate Bill de Blasio send this message:
"I encourage anyone who is trying to get information about U.S. citizens in Haiti to contact the American Citizens Services at 888-407-4747.  In the coming days, I will be working with community organizations and my colleagues in government to assist with relief efforts."

UPDATE 2: Brooklyn mobilizes to help Haiti. 

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