As pictures pour in of the desperate situation in Haiti, many people are asking how they can help.
The main need right now is monetary donations. By donating money, aid can be given to the people of Haiti immediately.
Food and clothing can then be bought on location in areas not affected by the earthquake.
With reports of fake relief funds, here is a list of safe organizations from local nonprofit organizations.
Baptist Global Response
The Lauderdale Baptist Associational Missions director, Dr. Greg Massey, says 100% of all donations go directly to relief funds.
Phone: (615) 367-3678
Toll Free Number: (866) 974-5623
You may donate on its secure web site: www.gobgr.org.
For more information on Baptist Global Response go to firstname.lastname@example.org
American Red Cross:
Key Chapter Emergency Service director Wayne Long offers these secure ways to donate:
Go to RedCross.org, hit donate now button at top and then International Response Fund. You also may text "Haiti" to 90999 to donate $10 to the International Response Fund. The money will go directly to relief efforts in Haiti and be charged to your cell phone bill. Or call 1-800-Red-Cross. If you speak, Spanish call 1-800-257-7575.
If you have a loved one in Haiti that you are trying to reach, you may go to http:www.icrc.org./familylinks and type in the name of the person you are trying to locate.