January 14, 2010 at 1:35 am , by Amanda Wolfe
If you’ve seen any of the news coverage of the earthquake in Haiti—and the total devastation it’s caused—you’re probably wondering how you can help. According to the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI), monetary donations are almost always the best and fastest way to help victims of a natural disaster, often because of the logistics, time, and money it takes to assemble, transport, and distribute other collected goods. (CIDI info found via The White House Blog.) Here are ways you can make a donation that will help get relief to Haiti quickly. Even $5 or $10 can go a long way, especially when thousands of people contribute.
Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Foundation: Text “Yele” to 501501 to donate $5 to the popular Haitian singer’s foundation, which is using 100% of funds raised for relief. (This fundraiser’s also been popular on Twitter.)
You can also check this list (which is being updated periodically) from the San Francisco Chronicle for more ways to help.
UPDATE: There have been reports of donation hoaxes on Twitter, email and Facebook so before you text a donation (or follow a link from email to donate online), to be safe go directly to the organization’s website to make sure it’s legit. Almost every group has Haiti relief information and links to donate on their homepage right now.
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