January 28th, 2010
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.