Helping with the Haiti Earthquake Disaster

Since the nation of Haiti was struck with a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Jan. 12, people and organizations from across the globe have coordinated a massive relief effort. However, there is still a need for more support to provide things such as food, water, shelter and medical support.
To get some information on how to help, contact the American Red Cross of Port Huron. As of now, they are only requesting monetary donations rather than food or water, due to shipping costs. There are several payment methods available to those who want to contribute.
You can donate at www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or show up in person at 615 Pine Street. You can also text “Haiti” to 90999 on your mobile phone to make a 10 dollar donation that will automatically be added to your phone bill. To find other charities that are helping you can visit www.guidestar.com, where they have a directory service for charities across the country.
While many people have shown great generosity, there have been some reports of scammers taking advantage of that. Make sure to protect yourself by following a few simple rules:
Never give out personal information. Scammers will try to find out as much about you as they can to use it against you.
Do not respond to e-mail requests for donations. This could be any individual trying to take your money.
Choose a reputable charity. Make sure that the organization you are giving to is known as a legitimate charity.

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