Every once in a while, a catastrophe strikes that will remind us how lucky we are to be alive- to have been in the right place at the right time, even if it doesn't feel like it. When those catastrophes strike, such as the recent 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, the poorest nation in the entire Western Hemisphere, it can be overwhelming.
Haitians live on under $1 a day and half of them are under the age of 21. Many high standing officials are reported dead and/or missing. Their National Penitentiary has collapsed with reports of inmates escaping. The reports of dead/injured are upwards of 100,000 as of this list. With all this being thrown at us, it's easy to be overwhelmed.
We want to help but, don't know how or where to go. Below is a list of aid agencies for the Haiti earthquake- think about giving up your morning coffee for a day and give to the much needed aid relief for Haitians.
Wyclef Jean is the music industry's ambassador to Haiti, being from this poor nation, himself. He has never turned his back on his homeland. Text "Yele" to 501501 to donate $5 to Wyclef Jean's Haiti relief efforts, the maximum number of texts is 6; however, you can go to www.yele.org and donate as much as you want. 100% of funds go to relief efforts.
I added the Twitter account here because they are constantly updating ways to donate to their Haiti relief efforts there. They are "completely overwhelmed" and water is of the utmost importance.
To donate to Red Cross efforts, You can also text "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross relief efforts for Haiti. The amount will be added to your cell phone credit card bill. OR you can donate the International Relief Fund.
With hundreds of thousands sleeping in the streets with the devastation of their houses and shelters, Habitat for Humanity is working on providing shelter for the displaced victims of the Haiti earthquake. Here is their donation form.
This list has all included donations, since flights have been frozen to Haiti unless you're a relief organization, it's hard to get on the ground to volunteer right now. However, the Haiti Earthquake Relief Group On Facebook allows you to see the list of items needed and contact the admins for local drop-off locations.