Charitable Organizations To Help Haiti Earthquake Victims

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(CBS/WUSA) -- Here is a list of charitable organizations that offer aid to Haiti. 

Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti should call the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, at 1-888-407-4747 (be sure to dial 1) or 202-647-5225.


  •  American Red Cross
  •  Action Against Hunger
  •  AmeriCares
  •  American Jewish World Service
  •  CARE
  •  Beyond Borders
  •  Catholic Relief Services
  •  Crudem Foundation
  •  Direct Relief International
  •  Childcare Worldwide
  •  Doctors Without Borders
  •  Feed My Starving Children
  •  Friends of WFP
  •  Haitian Health Foundation
  •  International Medical Corps
  •  Hope for Haiti
  •  International Relief Teams
  •  Medical Teams International
  •  Meds and Food for Kids
  •  Mercy Corps
  •  Oxfam
  •  Operation USA
  •  Partners in Health
  •  Salvation Army
  •  Samaritan's Purse
  •  Save the Children
  • World Concern
  • World Vision
  • Humans United for Action
  • Yele Haiti
  • Wyclef Jean's grassroots organization: Text Yele to 501 501 to donate $5 via your cellphone

    The U.S. State Department Operations Center said Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti should call 1-888-407-4747. Due to heavy volume, some callers may receive a recording. "Our embassy is still in the early stages of contacting American citizens through our Warden Network," the U.S. State Department said in a statement. "Communications are very difficult within Haiti at this time."

    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. (For more information, go to the Department of State blog.)

    The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recommends monetary donations are most effective.  Saying on its website: "they allow humanitarian organizations to purchase (often within the affected region itself) the exact type and quantity of items needed by those affected by the crisis." 

    The Center for International Disaster Information says, "Clothing is not a preferred choice for humanitarian
    contributions to Haiti," and they offer guidelines for donations.

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