HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - DONATION INFORMATION:
AMERICAN RED CROSS -- The American Red Crossis sending money, supplies and staff to support relief efforts inHaiti. Local Red Cross officials are asking the Hampton Roadscommunity to make financial donations only, they are not acceptingfood, 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 tothe American Red Cross at P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013 orbe made by phone by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.
The International Committee of the Red Cross has established afamily linking Web site, enabling persons in Haiti and abroad tosearch for and register the names of relatives missing since theearthquake. www.icrc.org/familylinks .
If you’re trying to reach a U.S. citizen living ortraveling in Haiti, you should contact the U.S. Department ofState, 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 recoveryefforts in Haiti.
More than half of the donations have been through onlinecontributions, with $9 million pledged through record-breakingmobile text giving and strong support as well fromcorporations.
- 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 operation.
- 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.
CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES -- The Catholic Diocese of Richmond is coordinatingrelief efforts for the people of Haiti through Catholic ReliefServices.
Donations to Catholic Relief Services can be made at thefollowing Website: www.crs.org. Donations to CRS may be made byphone 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. Box17090, Baltimore, MD 21203.
In addition, Catholic Churches are planning a secondcollection at Sunday Masses to benefit the victims of the Haitiquake.
WHITEHOUSE.GOV -- You may also visit the WhiteHouse's Website for more on how you can help, locate family in thearea, as well as find out how our government will respond to thedisaster.
The President has been receiving updates on the urgent situationin Haiti late into last night and this morning, and top members ofhis team have been convening to formulate the governmentresponse.
TEXT YOUR DONATION -- You can also helpimmediately by donating to the Red Cross to assist the reliefeffort. Contribute online here, or donate $10 to be charged to yourcell phone bill by texting "HAITI" to "90999." According to the RedCross, $9 million has been pledged through record-breaking mobiletext giving.
Families of Americans living in Haiti are encouraged to contactthe State Department at 888-407-4747.
PHYSICIANS FOR PEACE -- Physicians for Peace,a Norfolk-based international non-profit organization focusing onmedical care and education in the developing world, has set up aspecial relief fund for the victims of yesterday's earthquake inHaiti. Donations can be made at their Website .
Physicians for Peace has been providing medical education andtraining in Haiti for several years, particularly in rehabilitationfor trauma victims through its internationally recognized WalkingFree program.
Through Physicians for Peace's partner network of Healing Handsfor Haiti and St. Vincent's School for Handicapped Children (andothers), both in the capital city of Port au Prince, donations willgo directly to provide immediate trauma relief as well as longerterm assistance for amputees.
VIRGINIA CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN CULTURAL ASSOCIATIONINC -- The Virginia Caribbean American CulturalAssociation Inc. has set up a relief fund for those affected byearthquake. Donate at any Bank of America branch in the name of:VCACA, Inc., "Haiti Disaster Relief Fund"
FOOD AND CLOTHING DONATIONS:
Many other local churches are collecting goods for earthquakevictims in Haiti. Check with your local churches to see whatthey're doing to help relief efforts.
Stay with WAVY.com and WAVY News 10 for more donation information as it becomes available.
BBBWARNING -- As immediate relief needs are assessed in the wake of thedevastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12th, many Americans arelooking for ways to help by donating to a charity. The BetterBusiness Bureau Wise Giving Alliance warns that-as occurredfollowing the tsunami in 2004 and Katrina in 2005-fraudulentcharities will likely emerge to try and scam donations fromwell-meaning Americans.
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 Accountability.
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