Hey all - obviously we've all heard about the earthquake in Haiti, and by now you've also surely heard that the death toll is only rising, with the devastation obviously at crazy high levels. I am taking a break from posting about food for this post - to provide you all with ways that you can help. We are unquestionably blessed as individuals, and I'm hoping that each of us takes a bit of time out of our day today (or tomorrow, or whenever you get the chance!) to send a donation to the relief efforts.
But, I don't have very much time on my hands.
Totally understandable. Do you have a cell phone and 60 seconds?
CANADIANS "Donors can text the world “HAITI” to 45678 from any Rogers Wireless or Bell Mobility phone to contribute $5.00 to The Salvation Army. As of January 13th, 2010 all text donations will go directly to The Salvation Army Haiti Earthquake Disaster Relief". – see http://www.salvationarmy.ca/textdonations/ for more details
AMERICANS can donate through text to the Red Cross by sending 'Haiti' to 90999 and $10 will go to the relief efforts in Haiti.
There are plenty of other agencies accepting donations (if you don't have a Canadian cell phone from Bell or Rogers, for example), but this one is so fast that I thought you all should know about it.
Also as an FYI (got this in my email from head office just now) - "the Government of Canada will be matching the contributions made by individual Canadians between January 12 and February 12, to eligible Canadian charitable organizations in support of humanitarian and recovery efforts in response to the earthquake in Haiti. Donations will be matched by the government to a maximum of $50 million."
ps - there are literally a ton of agencies sending aid/people/finances/etc over to Haiti - if you've got one you want to highlight - please feel free to leave info in the comments area. I'd love to hear more about what you're involved in/what's going on, and help spread word about where people can send donations.