As we all know, on Tuesday, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 rocked Haiti 10 miles from the capital of Port-au-Prince and has decimated the country. The eyes of the world have turned to those in need.
My friend, Thione Niang, at the International Affairs Committee of the Young Democrats of America, tells me the committee is working hard to coordinate efforts to help the people of Haiti.
While we know that needs are manifold and the full impact of the earthquake is yet to be known, they tell me there are a few things that we all can and need to do right now:
TEXT "Haiti" from your mobile phone to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross efforts to aid the victims of the earthquake. The donation will be charged to your cell phone bill.
TEXT "Yele" to 501501 to donate $5 to Yele Haiti, an organization started by Haitian musician Wyclef Jean to provide humanitarian aid to Haiti.
DONATE your Facebook status or Twitter: (Your Name) asks you to text "Haiti" to 90999 right now from your mobile phone and give $10 to the American Red Cross or text "Yele" to 501501 to donate $5 via your cell phone bill to Wyclef Jean's Yele organization.
DONATE ONLINE. The International Affairs Committee has identified several organizations that are assisting with the efforts in Haiti. Among them:
Doctors Without Borders
Save the Children
Right now the need is for monetary donations to assist with rebuilding the infrastructure so that additional aid can be received and properly disbursed. I'll try to keep you posted as other opportunities for volunteer aid develop in the coming weeks and months.
Let us all mobilize now for these people who are really, really in need!
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