Three ways to help Haiti

How you can lend a hand to alleviate the suffering

By Christopher Rogers
Published January 13, 2010 10:14PM (EST)
A young injured earthquake survivor holds a piece of bread in a makeshift shelter in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010.  A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)  (Associated Press)
A young injured earthquake survivor holds a piece of bread in a makeshift shelter in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) (Associated Press)

Here are three ways that you can immediately help the humanitarian effort in Haiti:

1) Donate over the Internet:

2) Donate via text:

From Chris Sacca at whatisleft.org:

* Text "HAITI" to "90999" to donate $10 to the Red Cross -- Our friends at the U.S. State Department, including Katie Stanton (@kateatstate), very quickly put together this number to channel relief contributions directly to first responders who will be on the ground there. I love that our government does things like this. (Update: I am told this only works in the U.S.)

* Text "Yele" to 501501 to donate $5 to Yele Haiti -- My good friend Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) created this foundation to permanently improve the lives of the most impoverished in his home country of Haiti. Over the years, the stories I have heard from Wyclef remind me of how hard the living is there. I am humbled by Wyclef's commitment to the region and the impact Yele Haiti has there every day. Check out more on Yele Haiti.

3) Spread the word:

Add this page to your Twitter, Facebook or other social networks to get as many people involved as possible. Use the ShareThis link tools below on this page to repost. Every dollar counts. Thank you.


Christopher Rogers

Christopher Rogers is a Salon editorial intern.

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