America’s support – donations made in the United States to the American Red Cross reaches survivors in Haiti Local Red Cross donations making a difference
(Imperial Valley) In the aftermath of a series of catastrophic earthquakes that struck Haiti on the afternoon of January 12, the American Red Cross mobilized immediately to provide our partner society with the necessary resources to respond. Locally many residents have already made donations through our local office or have have requested additional information on how to make a monetary donation.
The American Red Cross is accepting monetary donations to support earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. Donors may send checks to the local chapter, designating Haiti Relief to: American Red Cross – Imperial Valley Service Center, 781 Broadway, El Centro, CA 92243, or by calling 760_352-4541. Donors may also text “HAITI” to 90999 and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts; the charge will appear on the next cell phone bill. Donors can also make gifts by visiting www.redcross.org (will also link you to the Spanish website.)
The American Red Cross is also reminding Valleyites to make sure they prepare at home, the workplace and at school. At this time, the Red Cross is utilizing trained volunteers and is not accepting new volunteers to travel to Haiti. If you would like to volunteer for the American Red Cross locally, please contact the local chapter at 760_352-4541 Ext 6220.
For inquiries about relatives living and who have citizenship in Haiti, please be patient and call repeatedly until the lines clear or contact other family members who live nearby. Telephone, Internet and other communication lines are often disrupted in times of disaster. People wishing to contact family, friends or loved ones can visit the Family Links website by going to the Red Cross website at http://www.icrc.org/ and then linking to http://www.icrc.org/familinks
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.