Haiti Relief – Beware of Scams

Cathy and I have decided to donate 10% of The Optical Vision Site’s 2009 Gross Income to Haiti Relief. We were planning on a charitable donation but had not decided on any specific cause. We made the decision to make our donation to Haiti based on the the needs that this nation already faced even before the terrible tragedy of last week’s earthquake there. However, we are very aware of the need to be cautious about Haiti relief scams. Our local paper, the North County Times, published some scam-free sites provided by the Associated Press, which you may be interested in:

Doctors Without Borders - Haiti

  • InterAction has a list of agencies responding and how to donate. Find it here: www.interaction.org/crisis-list/earthquake-haiti
  • To donate $10 to the American Red Cross, text Haiti to 90999. Or go through the website www.redcross.org
  • To find out how to help the International Rescue Committee, visit www.theIRC.org
  • www.oxfam.org.uk
  • To donate to Partners in health, which was already providing health care in Haiti and is now working on relief efforts, visit www.pih.org. the group is also looking for surgeons, nurses and surgical teams who want to volunteer to help.
  • To donate to Doctors Without Borders, which is also treating earthquake victims, go to www.doctorswithoutborders.org

Here is some additional information from The Vision Council:

In response to the earthquake that hit Haiti on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, The Vision Council has compiled a list of resources for those who would like to make a donation to help those in need. To view a list of first-tier and second-tier responders that are accepting donations, including vision organizations, please visit www.thevisioncouncil.org/members/haiti.

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