HAMPTON ROADS, Va. -
AMERICAN RED CROSS -- The American Red Cross
is sending money, supplies and staff to support relief efforts in
Haiti. Local Red Cross officials are asking the Hampton Roads
community to make financial donations only, they are not accepting
food, clothing or any other types of donation at this time.
If you're interested in helping, visit the
Red Cross Website. Donations can be sent to
the American Red Cross at P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013 or
be made by phone by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.
The International Committee of the Red Cross has established a
family linking Web site, enabling persons in Haiti and abroad to
search for and register the names of relatives missing since the
If you’re trying to reach a U.S. citizen living or
traveling in Haiti, you should contact the U.S. Department of
State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, at 1-888-407-4747.
As of Friday afternoon, The American Red Cross has raised
$37million so far for immediate relief and long-term recovery
efforts in Haiti.
More than half of the donations have been through online
contributions, with $9 million pledged through record-breaking
mobile text giving and strong support as well from
- The Red Cross now has dozens of disaster specialists in
Haiti, assessing the damage, addressing urgent needs and
establishing the foundation for a long-term recovery
- Two planes carrying Red Cross humanitarian assistance are due
to land Friday afternoon in Port-au-Prince, if they are not
re-routed. The first one carries a field hospital and the second
carries tarps, blankets, hygiene items, buckets, shelter supplies
and kitchen sets.
- The aftermath of Tuesday’s earthquake has posed
logistical challenges for all humanitarian organizations,
including Red Cross responders, who are working around the clock
to meet the challenges and ensure aid reaches the survivors.
SERVICES -- The Catholic Diocese of Richmond is coordinating
relief efforts for the people of Haiti through Catholic Relief
Donations to Catholic Relief Services can be made at the
www.crs.org. Donations to CRS may be made by
phone at 1-800-736-3467 from 8:00 a.m. through 11:00 p.m. EST.
Checks can be mailed to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box
17090, Baltimore, MD 21203.
In addition, Catholic Churches are planning a second
collection at Sunday Masses to benefit the victims of the Haiti
WHITEHOUSE.GOV -- You may also visit the White
House's Website for more on how you can help, locate family in the
area, as well as find out how our government will respond to the
The President has been receiving updates on the urgent situation
in Haiti late into last night and this morning, and top members of
his team have been convening to formulate the government
TEXT YOUR DONATION -- You can also help
immediately by donating to the Red Cross to assist the relief
effort. Contribute online here, or donate $10 to be charged to your
cell phone bill by texting "HAITI" to "90999." According to the Red
Cross, $9 million has been pledged through record-breaking mobile
Families of Americans living in Haiti are encouraged to contact
the State Department at 888-407-4747.
PHYSICIANS FOR PEACE -- Physicians for Peace,
a Norfolk-based international non-profit organization focusing on
medical care and education in the developing world, has set up a
special relief fund for the victims of yesterday's earthquake in
Haiti. Donations can be made at their
Physicians for Peace has been providing medical education and
training in Haiti for several years, particularly in rehabilitation
for trauma victims through its internationally recognized Walking
Through Physicians for Peace's partner network of Healing Hands
for Haiti and St. Vincent's School for Handicapped Children (and
others), both in the capital city of Port au Prince, donations will
go directly to provide immediate trauma relief as well as longer
term assistance for amputees.
VIRGINIA CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN CULTURAL ASSOCIATION
INC -- The Virginia Caribbean American Cultural
Association Inc. has set up a relief fund for those affected by
earthquake. Donate at any Bank of America branch in the name of:
VCACA, Inc., "Haiti Disaster Relief Fund"
FOOD AND CLOTHING DONATIONS:
GATEWAY FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH, Va. Beach
GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH, Va. Beach
ST. MARKS CATHOLIC CHURCH, Portsmouth, Va.
Many other local churches are collecting goods for earthquake
victims in Haiti. Check with your local churches to see what
they're doing to help relief efforts.
Stay with WAVY.com and WAVY News 10 for more donation
information as it becomes available.
WARNING -- As immediate relief needs are assessed in the wake of the
devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12th, many Americans are
looking for ways to help by donating to a charity. The Better
Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance warns that-as occurred
following the tsunami in 2004 and Katrina in 2005-fraudulent
charities will likely emerge to try and scam donations from
The public can go to
www.bbb.org/charity to research
charities and relief organizations to verify that they are
accredited by the BBB and meet the 20 Standards for Charity