January 15, 2010

$5 makes a difference

By now, you're probably overwhelmed with images and stories about the tragic earthquake in Haiti. For me, the best way to fight the feeling of powerlessness is to contribute to the relief effort. And in this case, every little bit helps. Just $5 or $10 will make a difference.

It's easy to give online, on twitter, even by texting on your cellphone.

But you want your money to go to the people who need it, and sadly, there are scams out there. Here are my top two picks for vetted, reliable, ethical charities that are involved in the relief effort:

1. Doctors Without Borders operates one of the only free trauma centers in Port-au-Prince as well as an emergency hospital in the capital for pregnant women, new mothers, and newborn children. All three of its primary medical centers have collapsed, but Doctors Without Borders has already set up temporary shelters and is offering emergency care on the ground. Click here for more information and to donate.

2. Global Giving is raising money to provide emergency assistance through its partners already on the ground, providing victims of the earthquake with critical necessities including water, food, shelter and medical care. Click here to contribute.

Thanks for reading.

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