Posted by Debra Worley - email
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The American Red Cross is working to help provide relief to victims of the disastrous earthquake that hit Haiti earlier this week.
At this time, they say they are most in need of financial contributions - whether by check, online, or by phone.
The Red Cross and other the organizations leading the efforts in Haiti most need financial gifts in order to best serve the victims. Things like clothes are not helpful right now because there is nowhere to store them, no one to sort them, and it would be difficult to transport the items to Haiti.
People who want to help those affected by the Haitian earthquake can make a donation to the American Red Cross International Response Fund at redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Donations to the International Response Fund can be sent to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013 or made by phone at 1-800-REDCROSS 1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) or online at www.redcross.org.
The Red Cross is also receiving money through a third party mobile fundraising effort in which mobile donors can text "Haiti" to 90999 to send a $10 donation to the Red Cross. The funds will go to support the Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.
You can also mail or deliver monetary contributions to the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross, located at 1102 South 16th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401, or make an online contribution through www.arccapefear.org.
Thousands of Red Cross volunteers are in Haiti, working diligently to provide these services and more. Commercial flights are scheduled and relief shipments, tarps, cooking sets, hygiene items, and other supplies will be distributed.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is helping to reconnect separated families within the country. They have established a special website, enabling persons in Haiti and abroad to search for and register the names of relatives missing since the earthquake: www.icrc.org/familylinks
For inquiries about relatives who live in and are citizens of Haiti, please be patient and continue to attempt calling your loved ones, or contact other family members who live nearby. Telephone, internet and other communication lines are often disrupted in times of disaster.
People trying to locate U.S. citizens living or traveling in Haiti should contact the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, at 1-888-407-4747 or 202-647-5225.
At this time, the American National Red Cross is not accepting volunteers to travel to Haiti. The Red Cross is only deploying volunteers specially trained to manage international emergency operations.
If you would like to volunteer for your local Red Cross chapter and/or receive training in local and domestic disaster preparedness and response, please visit the Cape Fear Chapter's website at www.arccapefear.org or call 910-762-2683.