Do Good: Help for Chile

March 1, 2010 at 11:37 am , by

chile-mapIt’s hard to believe we’re talking about another devastating earthquake so soon after the events in Haiti. The quake that struck Chile on Saturday (one of the most powerful in recorded history) has killed more than 700 people and displaced millions more. Relief organizations are already working with the Chilean government to get aid to the region. But if you’re wondering how you can help, like Haiti (and most natural disaster relief efforts), usually the best way is to donate money, which will get aid to Chile much faster than other kinds of donations.

The Mobile Giving Foundation (which helped organize many Haiti mobile fundraisers, including the one by the Red Cross), already has a list of groups you can donate to via text message:

  • Text the word “CHILE” to 20222 to donate $10 on behalf of World Vision.
  • Text the word “CHILE” to 52000 to donate $10 on behalf of the Salvation Army.
  • Text the word “SAVE” to 20222 to donate $10 on behalf of Save the Children.
  • Text the word “CHILE” to 85944 to donate $10 on behalf of International Medical Corp.

Organizations like the American Red Cross and UNICEF don’t have a specific Chile donation pages set up (yet), but those groups use donations to get aid where it’s needed most, if you’d prefer to donate the old-fashioned way instead of via text.