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Helping Haiti

The response to the earthquake in Haiti has been fast and incredible. Over at the American Red Cross Rappahannock Chapter, area residents have been calling in all day volunteering to help.

No local volunteers will head to Haiti–so far, the Red Cross needs money more than manpower. And when disaster teams are sent, most likely they will not come from Fredericksburg, said Phyllis McBride, director of the local chapter.

Two local residents–members of Spotsylvania Presbyterian Church–were already in Haiti doing mission work when the earthquake hit.

Relief groups have already been sending out press releases about their efforts. If you’re interested in helping, here are a few ways:

The best way to aid relief efforts  in Haiti is to send money.

Donate to the American Red  Cross’ efforts by visiting redcross.org, calling 800/733-2767  or by texting “Haiti” to 90999 to  send a $10 donation.

Donate to Haiti Outreach  Ministries, send checks, with  contingency in the memo line, to:  Haiti Outreach Ministries, c/o  Ruby Butler, 3100 Glenoa Rd.,  Richmond, Va. 23223

Donate to Catholic Relief  Services by visiting crs.org, calling  800/736-3467, texting “relief”  to 30644, or mailing a check to:  Catholic Relief Services, Box  17090, Baltimore Md. 21203-7090

 

 

And just a note of caution:

In recent international disasters, fake charities have tried to scam potential givers. The Better Business Bureau offers these tips for  making sure your donations go  where you want them:

Rely on expert opinion when it  comes to evaluating a charity. Try  visiting bbb.org/charity to research relief groups.

Be wary of claims that 100  percent of donations will help  victims.

Be cautious when giving  online.

Find out if the charity has an on-the-ground presence in Haiti.

Find out if the charity provides direct aid or is raising money for  other  groups.

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