How families can help Haitian quake victims

I’ve been crying watching the news coverage of the Haitian earthquake. They are now estimating that up to 500,000 may be dead. Here’s the latest AP story from our front. (Keeping checking the AJC front for updates.)

I wanted to make sure that everyone saw the information from the AJC’s front page about how you can help these Haitian families recover.

From the AJC’s front-page coverage:

If you’re looking to help after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, a variety of charitable organizations are collecting donations to assist.

RELIEF ORGANIZATIONS

UNICEF: Which helps children in humanitarian crisis

Atlanta Red Cross: Provides humanitarian relief

American Red Cross: Emergency response organization

CARE: Atlanta-based humanitarian organization fighting global poverty

Help Haiti now: Organization which provides food, water, medicine, and educational support to the poor in Haiti.

Hope for Haiti : An organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for the Haitian people, particularly children, through education, nutrition, and healthcare.

Partners in Health : Provides a preferential option for the poor in health care.

HOW TO HELP

• The State Department’s DipNote blog writes that “for those interesting in helping immediately, simply text ‘HAITI’ to ‘90999′ and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill. Or you can go online to organizations like the Red Cross and Mercy Corps Mercy Corps to make a contribution to the disaster relief efforts.”

• If you’d rather help out locally, check out the AJC’s charitable and non-profit organizations. There are also numerous sites around the Web with links to aid organizations providing assistance to quake victims:

International Medical Corps

Direct Relief International

Beyond Borders

Food For The Poor

Haitian Health Foundation

World Vision

International Relief Teams

Yéle Haiti

Operation USA

Catholic Relief Services

World Food Programme

World Concern

Save the Children

UNICEF USA

Mercy Corps

Operation Blessing International

Shelterbox

Americares

Operation USA

Doctors Without Borders

Medical Teams International

The International Committee of the Red Cross

The Salvation Army

International response fund

TWITTER FEEDS

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Reports from individuals, news orgs, relief agencies in Haiti

FINDING PEOPLE IN HAITI

• Americans in Haiti can call the Embassy’s Consular Task Force at 509-2229-8942, 509-2229-8089, 509-2229-8322, or 509-2229-8672.

• For information or inquiries about U.S. citizens in Haiti, call 888-407-4747. Outside the U.S. and Canada, call 202-501-4444.

The AJC is not endorsing or vouching for any of these groups. The list is a starting point for your own research. A number of online tools are available to help you evaluate charities including CharityNavigator.org and NetworkForGood.org .

34 comments Add your comment

Thanks, Theresa...

January 13th, 2010
2:44 pm

…about all us here in the USA can do is give money to various relief organizations. This post with suggested bonafide places is a great help.

Jane

January 13th, 2010
2:49 pm

People are starving to death right here in Georgia. But we ignore them because it doesn’t get all the media attention.

If we sent all this money to help them, it’d make a BIG difference.

Amy

January 13th, 2010
2:49 pm

“I think mothers feel tragedies like this particularly strongly because you can imagine your own children or family being hurt.”

Oh yes. Absolutely. Because no one but a monther has a family that they’d worry about.

Wow, Jane and Amy...

January 13th, 2010
3:06 pm

…it’s a good thing we do not depend on y’all for support.

We do not “ignore” those who may be starving here in GA – you taxes go to help those.

And, yes, we know that others besides mothers worry about family – her point was that mothers have a special bond toward others since they have given birth and know the feeling of caring for others.

Vork

January 13th, 2010
3:08 pm

Hello Ladies. Long time no see.

Everyone should give to this worthy cause.

Allie

January 13th, 2010
3:12 pm

@ Wow – not to jump on the bandwagon here, but what about adoptive mothers? They haven’t given birth and yet know the feeling of caring for others. I myself am not a mother, but that’s not to say I haven’t cared for others.

How are my tax dollars helping the starving here? Why are they constant calls for food donations, clothing donations, etc, if my tax dollars are so helpful?

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 13th, 2010
3:21 pm

Hey Amy — I specifically didn’t say that mothers were the only ones to feel for these tragedies. I said I thought they felt it in a particularly harsh way because you can imagine your own children hurt. Since having my kids, I have a very hard time reading or hearing about children being killed or molested. I am definitely more sensitive and I hear that from a lot of other moms as well. That doesn’t mean every mother is and is doesn’t mean that people who aren’t moms don’t feel it too. No insult to non-moms.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 13th, 2010
3:23 pm

Allie — I think adoptive mothers feel just as strongly as a mom who gave birth.

I regret my wording as I feel it is getting us off track. The point is these families need help from anyone who is willing to give it. Here are the links of respected agencies who can help.

Theresa, you are not off track...

January 13th, 2010
3:32 pm

… we just have some rabble-rousers today that want to pick a fight about anything.

And, Allie, your tax dollars go to Medicare and Medicaid and other “relief” programs here in the US – and the local food pantries, while reliant upon donations, help, too!

And, I believe adoptive mothers fall under the phrase of “we know that others besides mothers” – but, thanks for letting me clarify.

And, Allie...

January 13th, 2010
3:34 pm

…eveer heard of DFACs, WIC programs, Food Stamps, etc – i bleive they all fall under tax supported programs.

JATL

January 13th, 2010
3:35 pm

I cannot believe this has happened in Haiti. It was bad enough without a devastating earthquake! I agree -give whatever you can. Many places will be taking donations of canned goods, clothing, bedding, etc. as well, so if you don’t have funds right now -clean out a closet or your pantry! If you absolutely have nothing, at least offer up some positive energy, prayer or time.

Yep, our tax dollars do go to help starving folks here in GA. It’s good to see that such Bible-thumping Christians as Jane (we found out what a big Christian she is when homosexuality was discussed), are leading the charge of Christian thought and charity. I’m sure Jesus would prefer we turn our backs on the Haitians…

JATL

January 13th, 2010
3:37 pm

Oh -and I think this is a prime opportunity to show our children (in age-appropriate ways) that many others don’t have it so good and that when disaster strikes (since it can strike anyone), it’s truly a wonderful and good thing to reach out and help.

motherjanegoose

January 13th, 2010
3:43 pm

@ JATL, I am also thinking they would need blood? This costs nothing and you get free juice and cookies LOL. It has been a few months since I donated and this is a reminder that I need to get back over to the Duluth donor center. I am O negative and this is a rare type, so I usually step up to do my part.

I completely agree that children who see parents who are benevolent, will grow up understanding our obligation to help others who are not as fortunate as we are.

Proverbs 11:24-25 (New International Version)

24 One man gives freely, yet gains even more;
another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.

25 A generous man will prosper;
he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 13th, 2010
3:48 pm

MJG and JATL — good suggestion — I used to give blood all the time (needles don;b tother me) but you can’t give while you’re pregnant or nursing so i haven’t given in such a long time — But now I shoudl be find to give — what a great suggestion!!!

I will find the link for donation locations.

...

January 13th, 2010
4:00 pm

47% of Haitians do not have regular access to drinking water. Haitians live on an average of $2 a day.

And that was before this happened.

Its a sad state of affairs. They were hit by 4 major hurricanes in 2 years. Their timber has been eradicated to 10% of natural levels due to people needing it for fuel.

Although political unrest had somewhate subsided over the last decade, the perception of Haiti as a dangerous place has all but eliminated the tourism economy.

This earthquake is as big of a disaster as has ever happened. Its at least on par with the Tsunami in the South West Pacific.

And while its petty, as a father, I am annoyed by sentiments expressing that mothers have feelings that fathers couldn’t understand.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 13th, 2010
4:11 pm

fathers can understand it!!!!!!!!!

just help the people!!!!!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 13th, 2010
4:17 pm

i have pulled the offending sentence —

JATL

January 13th, 2010
5:16 pm

@MJG and Theresa -Great idea about the blood! If you’re able to give blood, it’s something that needs to be on your regular rotation anyway because there’s always some type of shortage it seems. If you ‘ve never given -let this be your impetus to try! It’s not painful and as MJG said -you get free juice and cookies!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 13th, 2010
5:20 pm

This should have a list of local blood donation facilities.

http://www.redcrossblood.org/southern

FCM

January 13th, 2010
5:35 pm

JATL Jane called me out for not being missionary minded. I guess if we helped financially support rebuilding some huts (I cannot call those buildings houses) for them that would be bad too. After all homelessness abounds in the US as well.

FCM

January 13th, 2010
5:36 pm

JATL I meant to say you were right AND Jane….

Warrior Woman

January 13th, 2010
6:21 pm

People starving to death in Georgia? I find that hard to believe. There are so many options for help here. Does that mean we don’t have a moral obligation to support our own communities. No. I think we do. But the poorest in the U.S. is wealthy beyond the wildest dreams of the average Haitian. And the series of disasters they’ve faced should prompt even the hardest heart to reach out and help.

oneofeach4me

January 13th, 2010
8:50 pm

Theresa, you are doing a great thing here. Thanks for the info. And I know what you mean about molesters and such. I used to be able to watch stuff like Forensic Files all the time. But being I know they are true stories and not written by a staff member at a TV station, if it envolves children I just cannot watch. Heck, anytime they mention anything on the news about child abuse, neglect, murders, what have you… I get all chocked up.

@… I don’t think Theresa meant father’s cannot feel. It’s just that some men don’t tend to sympathize and connect with ‘outside of the circle’ people. That’s all. But hey, some men do and that’s okay too.

DB

January 14th, 2010
12:48 am

Good LORD, there are a bunch of sensitive people today!! Chill, folks — Theresa was just trying to draw attention to a tragedy — can we just stick to the point and stop getting our widdle fweelin’s hurt because she didn’t make it a politically correct plea? Sheesh!

If you want to help Haitians, help Haitians. If you’d rather give to Georgians, give to Georgians. But for heaven’s sake, stop using your preferences as a two-bit soapbox. Just shut up and DO IT, and kwitcherbitchin’.

I just got a notice a few days ago that the Red Cross was desperately in need of O and A blood types due to a critical shortage. So giving blood, even before the quake, would have been a good thing, and would probably be even more welcome now.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 14th, 2010
7:31 am

I will get up a new topic shortly — I am running behind!!! Sorry guys!

Be Nice

January 14th, 2010
8:04 am

Can we all just agree that Haiti needs all the help it can get and put aside the usual Mom bickering for once?

Julia

January 14th, 2010
8:20 am

Just pray for these people too..

I just heard that Pat Robinson said that they brought this on them selves??? This is a pastor??

Julia

January 14th, 2010
8:27 am

Hey DB – I so agree with you about the giving blood they are always in need of O and A mostly the O- which I am… I will give tomorrow

RJ

January 14th, 2010
8:48 am

Thanks Theresa for sharing this information.

Help Haiti

January 14th, 2010
9:13 am

Pat Robertson is an idiot who needs to be ignored. I was appalled that a woman of color was sitting next to him as he spewed his hatred and ignorance and nodded in agreement. The people of Haiti are innocent victims and the rest of the world needs to mobilize fast to help save lives and rebuild.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 14th, 2010
9:29 am

New topic is up — sorry that took so long. I didn’t get it done last night — I was pooped!!! today’s topic is about the anti-molestation talks the kids get at school and churches — I previewed materials yesterday at the school and share what I saw.

http://blogs.ajc.com/momania/2010/01/14/are-you-ok-with-anti-molestation-talks-at-school-church/

HB

January 14th, 2010
9:48 am

Julia, Pat Robertson says that everytime something like this happens (google Robertson and Katrina). It’s his standard disaster response.

E. Jean

January 16th, 2010
12:18 pm

Most of us here in the States are wasting food while 80% of children in Haiti are going to bed hungry. I know… because I’m a poor Haitian child.

Andrew

January 27th, 2010
9:40 am

We just started to donate 1$ from each purchase to Haiti.
Thanks to all good people.

http://www.thefriendshipbracelets.com/