How do you donate to the Haitian Earthquake Relief without getting scammed:
Haiti: Resources and how to help - latimes.com
The U.S. State Department Operations Center set up a hotline for Americans seeking information about relatives in Haiti: (888) 407-4747.
The department cautioned that because of heavy volume, some callers may hear a recording.
Following is a list of relief organizations requesting donations.
• American Red Cross
Disaster Online Newsroom
The American Red Cross is "prepared to take further action as local responders assess the situation. As with most earthquakes, we expect to see immediate needs for food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support."
Text "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross relief for Haiti. The donation will be charged to your cellphone bill.
To send a check: American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013;
1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish)
• Mercy Corps
A group of Mercy Corps relief workers began arriving in Haiti on Thursday.
Donate online: donate.mercycorps.org
To send a check:
Mercy Corps; Haiti Earthquake Fund; Dept NR; PO Box 2669; Portland, OR 97208
• National Nurses United
www.nationalnursesunited.org A national organization of registered nurses is calling for nurses throughout the U.S. to volunteer to assist Haitian residents by providing emergency short term and long term medical support. Nurses can sign up at the NNU Web site.
Donations to Unicef can be made online, by printing a form, or by calling 1.800.FOR.KIDS (1.800.367.5437).
CNN's Ann Curry suggests donating to AmeriCares, who are "gearing up to take in medicines to Haiti," she says.
• Yele Haiti
Haitian-born Wyclef Jean is asking his fans to donate to the community service organization he founded in Haiti, Yele Haiti. Donations can be made at the site, or automatically by texting YELE to 501501 to give $5. More information about Yele Haiti here.
• Doctors Without Borders
• Food for the Hungry
Donate online: http://www.fh.org
• International Medical Corps
Santa Monica-based International Medical Corps says it has an emergency response team providing medical care outside the general hospital near the presidential palace in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince. Members of the team are also visiting hospitals around the city to assess their needs. The group is accepting donations on its website imcworldwide.org.
If the page will not load, call 310 826-7800 x119, or email [email protected]
• Save the Children
Save the Children is on the ground in Haiti.
Donate online: savethechildren.org
Information on Save the Children's emergency response in Haiti here.
• Salvation Army
Salvation Army has pledged $850,000 and is requesting additional donations.
Donate online: salvationarmyusa.org
• Islamic Relief USA
Donate online: islamicreliefusa.org
To send a check: PO Box 5640; Buena Park, CA 90622
• International Organization for Migration
Donate online: www.iom.int
More information on IOM's relief efforts here.
• Merlin USA
Donate online: merlin-usa.org