Thursday, January 14, 2010

Prayers and Help to Haiti

My prayers are with all the people in Haiti right now. A country that was already very poor and struggling, is now dealing with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake. On Strong Progressive, there is an excellent list of ways to donate and help out:
There are several ways to send aid to earthquake-ravaged Haiti:
What: The quickest way to provide monetary relief to those affected by the recent earthquake in Haiti is mobile giving. By texting a keyword to a designated short code via a mobile phone, a micro-donation of $5 or $10 can be made to aid the millions of people affected by this tragedy. 100% of your donation goes to the recipient charity, and the donation appears as a charge on your carrier bill, standard rates may apply.
Who: There are several organizations that are responding to this urgent need with mobile - giving efforts, including the following:
Text the word "Yele" to 501501 to donate $5
On behalf of the Yele Foundation, the leading contributor to rebuilding Haiti founded by Wyclef Jean
Text the word "Haiti" to 85944 to donate $5

On behalf of the Rescue Union Mission and MedCorp International

Text the word "Haiti" to 25383 to donate $5

On behalf of the Internal Rescue Committee

Text the word "Haiti" to 90999 to donate $10

On behalf of the Red Cross in the U.S.

Text the word "Haiti" to 45678 (In Canada Only)

On behalf of the Salvation Army in Canada

When: Please contribute now.
You can also send donations to:
Heart to Heart International [...] regularly sends humanitarian aid to Haiti and just this week shipped $2 million worth of medicines and other supplies to the country.

The organization expects to send more aid in the coming days.

“Haiti is a nation of tremendous need, even before the earthquake struck,” said Jon D. North, the organization’s chief executive officer. “We’re planning to send medicines and supplies that address waterborne and airborne illnesses, as well as minor injuries.”

People can donate financially to Heart to Heart online at or by phone at 913-764-5200.

The organization is also asking groups or businesses to assemble care kits made up of personal hygiene items such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, bandages, washcloths and hand towels.

The Salvation Army operates schools, clinics, a hospital, feeding programs, children’s homes and church-related activities in Haiti.

Spokesman Bob Brady said the Salvation Army was committing $50,000 to the relief effort and was preparing for a greater financial commitment along with providing food, water and other emergency supplies.

The organization is accepting donations for the relief effort at or by calling 800-SAL-ARMY (800-725-2769).

Please keep everyone there in your prayers and send any help that you can.

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