Friday, January 15, 2010

Donate, but beware - how to help Haiti

By now many agencies and programs have started the recovery and relief program to help devestated Haiti.

While everyone can help and get involved, it is important to remember that in time of tragedy we still have to be wise about who we donate to.

If you want to donate money, your safest bet is the Red Cross. Not only is the Red Cross a trusted organization, it is present in Haiti and knows firsthand what supplies are needed. They have even made it as simple as texting HAITI to 90999 and $10 from your phone bill is donated to the Red Cross.

UNICEF and Doctors Without Borders, two other groups showing up frequently in calls for help, have set up sites for their Haiti efforts.

If you come across an organization but are wary of donating, check out this web site: Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of non-profits and aid organizations, has compiled a list of relief organizations working in Haiti that have attained three- or four-star ratings from their studies, and are generally considered trustworthy and efficient.

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