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Help Haiti!

On Tuesday, January 12, 2010, a major earthquake hit the country of Haiti and caused a lot of damage to the island and its people. They need your help.

What can you do?

Many organizations are already in Haiti trying to help the earthquake victims. Donations to these organizations will assist them in rescue operations; providing shelter, food and water to the people; and eventually rebuilding the country.

Even a few dollars can make a difference. Could you donate your allowance, organize a bake sale at your school, or ask your parents and neighbors to contribute to a fundraiser?

Here is a list of charitable organizations that your donations can be sent to:

The Red Cross: Text “HAITI” to the number 90999 to donate $10, which will be added to your next cell phone bill. You can also donate online through the Red Cross website. Make sure to check with your parents before doing so.
Doctors Without Borders: Hospitals in Haiti are badly damaged and overwhelmed. To help medical aid workers, donate through the Doctors Without Borders website.
CARE: This international aid group has already sent 133 staff members to Haiti, and it will be distributing food. You can ask your parents if they want to donate your family’s Delta Air Lines SkyMiles to fly CARE aid workers to Haiti or give money for relief funds through its website.
Partners In Health: You can donate to support field hospitals on Partners in Health’s website.
World Vision: World Vision has taken 18 tons of supplies, including blankets, tarps and water containers to Haiti. Show your support by donating through World Vision’s website.
UNICEF: To help children in Haiti, donate through UNICEF’s website.
Wyclef Jean’s Yele Foundation: Haitian-American rapper Wyclef Jean’s foundation to rebuild Haiti, Yéle, is accepting text-message donations. Text “Yele” to 501501 to donate $5, which will be added to your next phone bill. You can also donate through the Yéle Foundation’s website. Please ask your parents for permission before texting.
International Relief And Development (IRD): IRD will supply water, sanitation kits, medicine, hygiene kits and shelter materials. You can donate to IRD on its website.
Oxfam: 200 volunteers stationed in Haiti are providing clean water, shelter and sanitation through donations on Oxfam’s website.
The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army is sending 285,120 boxed meals of rice, soy and vitamins to Haiti, which you can help support by making a donation through the Salvation Army’s website.
Do you have other ideas on how we can help out Haiti? Post them here and help spread the word about ways everyone, including kids, can get involved. You can also show your support by displaying the Haitian flag in Dizzywood. It’s available at the chest in Presto’s Edge.

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