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How to Help Haiti

January 28th, 2010

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In light of the current situation in Haiti, we want to turn our attention to this part of the world and how you can help out. We have received many inquiries about donating knitted or crocheted items to Haiti, but the most immediate concerns are basic needs, such as food, shelter, and health care. Therefore, in lieu of sending handmade items, we encourage you to make monetary donations to established charity and relief organizations already on-site in Haiti to help address these needs. Here is a list of a few relief organizations:

The American Red Cross is dispensing aid by building temporary shelters, providing medical assistance, and distributing clean water and medical supplies. Donate through their website or text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10.

Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) is providing mobile hospitals, health care professionals, and medical supplies. Donate through their website. Popular knitter and blogger Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is keeping track of how much money crafters have donated to the charity. Read more about her work with Doctors Without Borders here.

Save the Children is providing health care and resources to Haitian children and their families. Visit their website to donate, or text “SAVE” to 20222 to donate $10.

Founded by former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund is dedicated to distributing food, clean water, shelter, and first aid supplies. Donate through their website or text “QUAKE” to 20222 to donate $10.

Children’s advocacy group UNICEF is establishing safe space for children orphaned or separated from their families. Donate on their website or text “UNICEF” to 20222 to donate $10.

  • CK Carson

    As to charities, also Church World Service. They are supplying large quantities of medical care items and personal hygiene items as well as food. People form states are working in conjunction w/churches in Haiti and Dominican Republic.

  • Juli Reid

    Please also dontate to Baptist Haiti Mission, their little missionary hospital is the only one there to serve the surrounding rural areas outside of Port Au Prince or Missionary Flights international who is ferrying in many of the supplies. Samaritan’s Purse is also bringing in many supplies and helping with ground support.

  • http://LDS.org Gail Carpenter

    All monies donated to LDS humanitarian aid go directly to purchase supplies for the Haiti victims. LDS philantropies has sent doctors, medicine, water, newborn kits, and food.

  • Barbara Ray

    Another worry charity where 100% of the donations go to Haiti: midwesthaitimission.org
    You can go to the website to see the excellent work this group does.

  • Cindy Czarnecki

    Knitters/Crocheters can check out Church World Service Kit project. They send hygine, baby and school kits to areas in need around the world. They are reporting that they have cleared out of hygine and baby kits due to Hatti. They are specific as to what should be included so do follow directions. In the baby kits a hooded 12mo. or smaller baby sweater is needed, and one of two included baby blankets can be knit or crocheted but they want entire kits shipped to them. Maybe this could be a group or family project. Please check out the CWS web site for specifics.

  • Catherine

    I sent my donation via Catholic Relief Services. 93% of it will go to the Haitians.

  • Donna Overton

    World Vision is where I donated money. I have been supporting a child for over 20 years and I know the money goes directly to the children and to who and what they say it’s going for. Worldvision.org is a wonderful charity that has been around for many years and it really helped out when 9-11 happened and they found out that the money that was donated through this foundation was accounted for even more than the Red Cross and Salvation Army.

  • jean keyser

    I think your suggestion of monetary donations at this time is great, and it is even more helpful that you have links to groups that are already working in Haiti.

  • Phyllis Sinclair

    Another organization that sends 100% is UMCOR at http://www.umcor.org.

  • Amy Gardner

    Partner in Health have been providing medical care in Haiti for 25 years. They have the hospitals and personnel to do the job. I also like Episcopal Relief and Development.

  • Annette Phillips

    Project Linus is collecting 10,000 qults/afghans from US to ship to Haiti. Light weight – may be only item a displaced child owns and serves as mat to sleep on.

  • Elaine Bakken

    I submit all relief to disasters to The Salvation Army. 100% goes to where it is designated, none is taken out for their people working the disaster.

    Their compound in Haiti suffered damage, but they immediately began housing people in their yard and providing medical help. It is in one of the worse neighborhoods for violence, so they asked the news media not to be there. (this according to family of Bob Poff, Salvation Army Public Relations and Disaster Services Director – Haiti) They do have information and pictures up on face book. “The Salvation Army Haiti” has pictures and if you go to http://www.salvationarmyhaiti.org you can donate there as well as read the latest updates.

  • Pam Colsten

    As someone mentioned above UMCOR gives 100%. They are requesting that the following NEW items be placed in a sealed 1 GALLON PLATIC BAG:
    1 hand towel (15″x25″ up to 17″x27″)No kitchen towels.
    1 washcloth knitted or croched are fine
    1 comb (large & sturdy, not pocket sized)
    1 nail file or fingernail clippers (no emmery boards or toenail clippers)
    1 bath size bar of soap (3oz. or larger)
    1 toothbrush (single brushes in original wrappers only no child size brushes.)
    6 adhesive plastic strip sterile bandages
    $1.00 to PURCHASE toothpaste*

    *Must be purchased in bulk to be added to kits to ensure that the product does not expire before they are sent.

    IT IS REQUESTED THAT THE KITS CONTAIN ONLY THE REQUESTED ITEMS AND NOTHING MORE,so that they may gain entry into international countries.

  • Joy Koeppen

    We donated through Compassion International. A reputable organization serving children in many countries including Haiti.

  • pat

    My church collected that very first Sunday, the money went to Catholic Relief Services. I was much relieved to be able to contribute so quickly. I cared for many Haitians in my old practice and they truly are poor and their country has endured terrible things. Now the little bits they might have had is gone.

  • Erin Cordle

    I also suggest Catholic Relief Services. The administrative money (less than 7%) is used in country to pay Haitian CRS staff. CRS has been in Haiti for over 50 years and has over 300 staff in place. If you would like to donate, please call 1-877-HELP-CRS, donate online at http://www.crs.org, or send a check to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21203-7090. In the memo portion of your check, please write: Haiti Earthquake

  • laura tenzel

    this is the most comprehensive list i have seen, thank you!

  • Athit Voytas

    I am so glad that everyone has spent the time to list the organizations and items needed. Thank you. But I would also like to know where I can send items that I have. I have a lot of gently used baby/toddler clothes as well as a huge tub of blankets that I would like to send.

  • phillygirl64

    http://www.shelterbox.org/
    This organizaton provides a ‘box’ with necessities such as a tent, blankets, dishes, and other items…each tent can house up to 10 people

  • fab

    There is such a backlog on arriving aid flights now that only critical supplies – food, water, health care – are being allowed. Later there will be a need for the clothing and other household items they will need to get established again. Please hold those things till then. Project Linus has already increased its planning to 20,000 lightweight blankets from the 10,000 mentioned earlier. It takes time to get such quantities ready but they will be sent ASAP.

  • Nelly O’Neille

    Millions have lost everything in the quake – homes, food, jobs! For the next 12 months, the World Food Programme says 2 million people will need critical food assistance! If you want to help and learn more about the crisis response, go to: http://wfp.org/crisis/haiti> or you can text FRIENDS to 90999 to make a $5 donation.

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