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Haiti Earthquake Relief: How You Can Help

January 13, 2010 11:25 AM | News

By Sarah Klein

After Tuesday’s devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake, international relief efforts are being organized to help the people of Haiti. Hundreds of thousands of people are feared dead, as the quake rocked the nation. About 3 million people are reported to need assistance.

How can Canadians help?

  • The Canadian Red Cross is accepting donations at RedCross.ca/helpnow, or you can call 1-800-418-1111.
  • The Salvation Army is accepting donations at SalvationArmy.ca, or you can call 1-800-725-2769.
  • The Mennonite Central Committee is accepting donations at MCC.org, or you can call 261-6381, or 1-888-622-6337.
  • Mobile Bell customers can text the word Haiti to 45678. A $5.00 donation will be made on your behalf and appear on your cell phone bill. Rogers customers can text the word Help to 1291 to make a $5.00 donation.

Canadians looking to connect with loved ones in Haiti can call the command centre set up by Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs at 1-800-387-3124.

The federal government will also match all donations Canadians make to a registered charity, dollar for dollar, up to $50 million until February 12.

The Province of Manitoba has pledged $100,000 in support to the Manitoba Council for International Co-operation (MCIC), which will ensure the money will be used for aid and reconstruction in Haiti.

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UPDATED: 10:26 p.m.

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