Want to lend a helping hand to Haiti? Here are some options:
-- You can make a financial gift to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need.
Donations to the International Response Fund can be sent to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013, or by phone at 1-800-REDCROSS, or online at www.redcross.org.
The American Red Cross will be deploying already trained volunteers who specialize in international emergency operations.
-- The Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina recommends that donations can be made to the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund through www.er-d.org, by calling 1-800-334-7626 ext. 5129 or by mail to Episcopal Relief & Development, P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield , VA 22116-7058.
Write Haiti Fund in the memo line of all checks. More information about the dioceses relief efforts in Haiti can be found at www.edusc.org/Cange.
-- TrueNorth Church in North Augusta partners with www.watermissions.org, which works to provide clear water in Haiti. Donations are accepted online.
-- Catholic Relief Services is readying food and other aid to help families in Haiti. To help with relief efforts, donate via phone at 1-877-HELP-CRS or text RELIEF to 30644, online at www.crs.org, or by check with the memo line Haiti Earthquake to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, Maryland 21203-7090.
-- The United Methodist Committee on Relief, which has had a long-standing relationship with Haiti through the Methodist Church of Haiti, is accepting donations at gbgm-umc.org/umcor.
- Kelly Jasper, staff writer