With all the news and pictures of the devastation in Haiti that we are being bombarded with, many of us want to do our part to help out. The Christian Messenger has compiled an article to show the steps you can take and the things you need to keep in mind when looking to donate during a crisis.
When a disaster similar to the earthquake in Haiti strikes, high energy biscuits are the food staple that U.N. World Food Programme likes to distribute. The biscuits are highly favored because of they are light-weight and are packed with nutrition, making them easy to distribute and stabilize initial hunger. The food bars give victims energy and have plenty of vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients.
Statistics show the harsh reality of the hunger issues that Haiti is facing and how it was not much better even before the earthquake. The U.N. World Food Programme has gathered those statistics on the hunger that Haiti struggles with daily. Within 24 hours of the earthquake hit, the WFP had begun to distribute food and are attempting to construct food kitchens. If you would like to make a donation through the WFP or spread the word, visit here.
The first things hundreds of people did after the earthquake hit Haiti was to log onto Facebook. People looking to get any information they can are using Facebook to post pictures and descriptions of friends and family that are now missing. One Facebook group, Earthquake Haiti, has 12,000 members and counting, as the need for people's whereabouts grows. Other search engines created for the purpose of re-connecting friends and families are CNN and the New York Times. The U.S. Department of State website lists numbers and an email contact for U.S. for those requesting assistance or to report missing individuals.
When a disaster hits, everyone wants to do their part in helping out. Unfortunately, this is also the perfect time for scammers to target do-gooders. If you want to make a donation, but are not sure where to start, Charity Navigator is a website that ranks charities from A-Z so you know a little more about who you are donating to. The Daily Beast and MSN have also provided a list of trustworthy charitable organizations. Remember to look for signs that show a website may be a scam.
While airlines have suspended all commercial flights to Haiti in light of the recent earthquake, AMR Corp., the parent company of American Airlines and American Eagle, has flown in 30,000 pounds of supplies in relief aid with more flights to follow today and tomorrow. For frequent-flier members who make donations to the Red Cross, AMR Corp. is offering AAdvantage bonus miles through February 28th to its members based on the donation amount. To donate, visit http://bit.ly/4V9OzO.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|