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On Jan. 12, 2010, a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck southern Haiti, an island country located in the Caribbean, resulting in mass casualties and extreme damage. The recovery and cleanup efforts are currently taking place, with many countries, including the United States, providing aid and assistance to help the hundreds of thousands of victims with support, including medical treatment, food and water.
Many spas are looking for ways to help the victims of the disaster, and your help is sorely needed. For example, Blu Water Day Spa in Kensington, Maryland, is donating $15 of the price of selected services to the Red Cross, and is also holding a Haitian Relief Food and Clothing Drive to help the Haitian victims.
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Support is desperately needed, as is evidenced by President Barack Obama's plea included in a recent letter: "Despite the fact that we are experiencing tough times here at home, I encourage those who can to reach out and help. It's in times like these that we must show the kind of compassion and humanity that has defined the best of our national character for generations."
Following is a list from cnn.com of reliable and effective charitable agencies, vetted by CNN journalists for credibility. These outlets are all prepared to welcome your support for the Haitian earthquake victims.
The agency supports grassroots, community-based organizations in remote locations whose needs are not always met by larger organizations. To donate to its Haiti relief efforts, go to www.ajws.org/haitiearthquake/ or mail a check to 45 W. 36th St., 11th Floor, New York, NY 10018. Make checks out to American Jewish World Service, and in the memo section write "Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund." You may also call 1-800-889-7146 or 212-792-2900. The group will use the funds for immediate needs, such as psychological and social support; health services and education on hygiene and disease prevention; mobilizing volunteers in Haiti to help with rescue and aid distribution; and aid to the Haitian Dominican community, who can coordinate with the Dominican government for greater support; in addition to long-term rebuilding plans.
The American Red Cross' primary focus during the initial response of an emergency is feeding, sheltering and supplying any other basic needs. To donate: Go to redcross.org, hit donate now button at top and then International Response Fund. You also can text "Haiti" to 90999 to donate $10 to the International Response Fund. The money will go directly to relief efforts in Haiti. Or call 1-800-Red-Cross.
This nonprofit disaster relief organization delivers medicine, medical supplies and aid to people in crisis around the world. To donate, call 1-800-486-HELP or go to americares.org. Donations will go toward medicine and medical supplies and for expenses for providing that medical aid.