Please Donate to the charity of your choice. However, here are some links to someof my favorite charities helping people in Haiti:
LDS Humanitarian Services Emergency Response -- "Each year, millions of men, women, and children are impacted by war, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other disasters. In these desperate circumstances, quick response is often the difference between life and death.
The Church continually gathers donations of food, clothes, medical supplies, and relief items. The resources are then pre-positioned in key locations for shipping on short notice. Because of this preparedness, the Church is able to respond immediately in times of emergency.
When the timing of response is critical, international relief agencies have come to rely on the Church for food and materials.
In addition to providing materials, the Church also helps with funds and volunteers. Volunteers often make the most difference in restoring hope in the lives of those in crisis. A recent example is the more than 10,000 days of labor donated by Church members to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and surrounding states.""
American Red Cross -- "You can help the victims of countless crises, like the recent earthquake in Haiti, around the world each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster, please do so at the time of your donation by mailing your donation with the designation to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013 or to your local American Red Cross chapter. Donations to the International Response Fund can be made by phone at 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) or online at www.redcross.org."
Healing Hands for Haiti -- "Healing Hands for Haiti is a not-for-profit, non-governmental institution with no religious or political affiliation which fosters and respects diversity within our organization.
We will work in cooperation with governments and local organizations when our mutual goals are aligned for the benefit of the Haitian people.
Healing Hands For Haiti supports and encourages the Haitian people in providing quality physical rehabilitation services for themselves in a spirit of self-determination, independence and human dignity with a focus on empowering Haitians with disabilities."
Healing Hands for Haiti International is responding to a powerful earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010. The earthquake has collapsed buildings and caused wide-spread damage, injuries, and fatalities throughout Port-au-Prince and the countryside.
We are now working with our partners to make an immediate assessment of the damage. We are attempting to make contact with Healing Hands Haitian staff to ensure their safety, as well as the staff and residents of our partner organizations and orphanages where we spend so much of our time and efforts. At this time we are still unaware of the status of our clinic and guesthouse sites at headquarters in Port-au-Prince.
One of our North American medical teams is now on standby to be deployed to Haiti as soon as it is safe and possible. We are now involved in assessing the immediate requirements to make a coordinated effort to respond to the specific needs of the Haitian population living with a disability. In the coming days, the number of persons with disabilities will grow dramatically, and we are beginning preparations to respond to this humanitarian effort.
Americans are encouraged to support Healing Hands for Haiti by making a donation by clicking on the Donate button above and specifying Haiti Earthquake Response Fund.
Catholic Relief Services -- "Staff in Haiti is responding immediately to the earthquake that rocked Port -au- Prince, the capital of Haiti. Tuesday night the agency made an immediate commitment of $ 5 million for emergency supplies.
In a brief phone conversation before communication was lost, CRS Country Representative Karel Zelenka described Port -au- Prince as "covered with a plume of dust from damaged buildings."
"I've been in earthquakes before, but I've never felt anything like this," Zelenka said, speaking from the city of 2 million people. "This was a major hit. And it was direct. It is a disaster of the century. We should be prepared for thousands and thousands of dead and injured.""