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Earthquake in Haiti

Update (1/13/10, 12:15 PM): We are humbled and thankful for the outpouring of support from our blog visitors offering their services to help those in need in Haiti. We committed $200,000 last night, and increased that amount this morning to $1 million.

Please read the guidelines below on what forms of help we are currently able to accept.

  • At this time, we are only deploying Red Cross volunteers specially trained to manage international emergency operations. Please consider supporting your community‚Äôs local needs by volunteering with your local Red Cross.
  • If you want to help those affected by the Haitian earthquake, the simplest way is to make a donation to the American Red Cross International Response Fund. We are also receiving money through a third party mobile fundraising effort sponsored by Mobile Accord. Mobile donors can text “Haiti” to 90999 to send a ten dollar donation to the Red Cross. The funds will go to support the Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.
  • Also, to date we have not received any request for blood products from the government of Haiti. We will respond to any request that we receive for blood products based on availability.

If you’re concerned about a US citizen living or traveling in Haiti, call the U.S. State Dept at 1-888-407-4747 for assistance. Otherwise keep trying loved ones via phone, social networking sites, or through a loved one outside the disaster zone.

The International Committee of the Red Cross has established a website where you can register and search for non-U.S. citizens in Haiti.

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Our thoughts and support are with Haiti. We have pledged an initial $2oo,ooo and are accepting donations to the International Response Fund.

If you do not want to donate online, you can also click here for other ways to donate money.

For the most updated Red Cross information about the earthquake, visit our Disaster Online Newsroom.

We are releasing all our supplies located in a Panama warehouse, from kitchen and cooking sets to mosquito nets.

We expect to see immediate needs for food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support.

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