Daily Archives: January 21, 2010

Texting R.E.L.I.E.F. may not be best way to go

I have been reading a lot of articles in the past day indicating the drawbacks of making donations by text/sms. If that is the only way you would or could give (i.e., you don’t have a credit card etc) then it makes sense, but a direct donation to the relief organizations is a much more efficient way as illustrated below:

What happens to that money next depends in part on how it was given. Mobile phones have been a popular way to give — donors texted more than $24 million to the American Red Cross in the first week — but they’re not the speediest. The donation generally isn’t processed until the giver pays his or her phone bill, which means it can take up to 90 days for the charity to see a penny. (Phone companies have agreed to expedite the process.) Contributions made with a credit card, in most cases, are delivered to aid agencies’ coffers immediately.

Source: TIME MAGAZINE ONLINE

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Haiti relief concert and telethon set for Friday – NY & LA

Wyclef Jean (press photo)

The music industry will unite this Friday for global telethon to raise fund’s for the victims of the natural disaster.

Dubbed “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief,” the fundraiser will take place Friday and comprise events in New York City, Los Angeles, London and Haiti. Haiti native Wyclef Jean will host the New York City proceedings, while actor George Clooney will do the same in Los Angeles and CNN’s Anderson Cooper will report from Haiti.

In New York, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, Sting and Jean will all perform. Taylor Swift, Timberlake, Dave Matthews, John Legend, and Stevie Wonder will all perform in Los Angeles, where Keith Urban, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow are also plan to collaborate. Jay-Z and Rihanna have planned a special joint performance with U2’s Bono and The Edge in London, where Coldplay will also perform from.

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The Obama’s personal response: $15,000 Check for Haiti Recovery and Red Cross PSA

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama “have been inspired by the way that millions of Americans have responded with tremendous generosity to the Haiti crisis – even in these tough economic times,” said Deputy White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. “So, today, they sent their own check for $15,000 to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund to support the ongoing relief efforts in that country.”

The Clinton-Bush Haiti fund was launched on Friday – in a joint effort by former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, prompted by the president asking the two to help get Americans involved in relief efforts. As of today the fund has received more than 126,000 contributions for relief and recovery efforts.

Michelle Obama joined with the Ad Council and American Red Cross for a series of public service announcements to encourage Americans to support relief efforts in Haiti, as she said in this statement:

“I was eager to join the Ad Council and the Red Cross to launch this call to action in the wake of this weeks devastating earthquake. The people of Haiti are struggling just to survive. And every one of us has the power to help.”

See Michelle Obama’s series of Red Cross PSA’s: Here , Here and Here

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NYC Police Officers/ Firefighters save children from rubble amidst aftershocks

<em>NY1 In Haiti:</em> Second Quake Rattles Capital

 According to NY1 who stationed reporter Dean Meminger on the ground in Haiti  — the New York City Police and Fire Search and Rescue Task Force pulled a five-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl from a building yesterday as seen in the above photo.

The children were taken alert to an Israeli tent hospital, where they were reunited with their parents. Dr. Dario Gonzalez of the Search and Rescue Task Force said “Both in wonderful condition, a little dehydrated, a little hungry. They’re both doing really well with no injuries.”

The rescue was a bittersweet victory for the NYC team as rescue workers also pulled the bodies of three other children from the same building. The deceased are said to be siblings of the two rescued children.

The 80 New Yorker task force members are still conducting searches through the devastated areas.

See video footage of the scene here: NY1

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27 NYC doctors and other medical providers depart for Haiti this morning

I have just learned that a dedicated group of 27 surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, pediatricians, nurses, and surgical technicians left for Haiti from New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital on a donated private jet with 3000 lbs of supplies this morning. These are much needed efforts in light of the overwhelming medical need.

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