Ways to Help Haiti Victims

by Kelly Mills on January 13, 2010 at 5:14 am

The American Red Cross is busy organizing relief response to Haiti.

The Red Cross has donated $1 million for relief efforts and they have sent disaster management specialists to the country to aide the 15 Red Cross workers that are stationed in Haiti year-round.

They’ve also shipped supplies including tarps, mosquito nets and cooking sets.

"We also have a warehouse, the closest warehouse is in Panama and that warehouse was ready to ship out the needed supplies ready to ship out the needed supplies to help out at least 5,000 people," said Keely Warden, Muskingum Valley Red Cross, development and readiness.

Locally the Muskingum Valley Red Cross has been receiving calls from people wanting to help. Warden says though people have asked, they cannot send anyone to Haiti to physically help with relief efforts.

The best way you can help is with a donation.

"Right now we are just accepting monetary donations, we’re not accepting in-kinds because of the transportation and the gathering and the sorting of all that is just too cumbersome right now," she said.

If you would like to donate money to the relief efforts you can log onto RedCross.org call 1-800-RedCross, or text Haiti to 90999 and a $10 donation will be added to your cell phone bill.

Since communication lines are likely down, if you have family or friends in Haiti you are trying to contact, call the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services 1-888-407-4747.