By News One January 16, 2010 9:00 am



The people of Haiti need your help.  Here are the best ways to aid the crisis relief and rescue efforts:

Donate $$ via text message:

1. Donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund (Wyclef Jean’s Foundation) by texting “Yele” to 501501 (the amount will be charged to your cell phone bill) or visit and click “Donate.” [EDITOR’S NOTE: There have been some serious allegations made about Yele mismanaging its funds. Read about it here.]

2. Donate $10 through the U.S. Dept. of State:  text “HAITI” to “90999″ and $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross, charged to your cell phone bill.  Or call (800) RED-CROSS.


Smokey Fontaine warns Roland Martin of Washington Watch of online scams who claim to be helping Haiti but are pocketing the money instead:

WATCH here:

Donate $$ via the Internet or US Mail:

1. Save the Children. Donate at or make checks out to “Save the Children” and mail to: Save the Children Income Processing Department, 54 Wilton Road, Westport, Conn. 06880

2. UNICEF. Go online to (site may load slowly) or call (800) 4UNICEF.

3. Direct Relief International. Donate online at

4. Mercy Corp. Go online to or mail checks to Haiti Earthquake Fund, Dept. NR, PO Box 2669, Portland, Ore. 97208 or call (888) 256-1900

5. American Red Cross. Donate online at or sent donations by mail to American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013 or your local American Red Cross chapter.

6. Operation USA. 
Donate online at, by phone at 1.800.678.7255 or, by check made out to Operation USA, 3617 Hayden Ave, Suite A, Culver City, CA 90232.

7. International Medical Corps. Donate online at

8. Partners in Health. Donate online at

9. Mercy Corps. Donate online at

10. Doctors Without Borders. Support their earthquake relief efforts by making an online donation at

11. Direct Relief International. The organization has pledged up to $1 million in aid. Contribute here.

12. Oxfam America. Donate online here.

13. World Food Programme. They are working to provide food assistance to the earthquake victims. Donate here to help.

14. Catholic Relief Services. Donate online at, mail a check to Catholic Relief Services P.O. Box 17090 Baltimore, MD 21203-7090, or call 1-800-736-3467.

15. American Jewish World Service. Donate to their Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund online here, or mail a check to American Jewish World Service, 45 West 36th Street, 11th floor, New York, NY 10018-7904.

16. CARE. Donate online here.

17. Baptist Haiti Mission. Donate online at


Americans seeking info on family in Haiti, call toll free 1-8884074747.