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American Red Cross flooded with Haiti donations

By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Phones are ringing off the hook at the American Red Cross office in Albany with people wanting to help the Haiti earthquake victims.

Representatives there say people can either donate blood or give a monetary donation to aid the relief. The Red Cross is not accepting items like clothing or bottled water because there simply isn't anywhere to store them.

Executive Director Mari Wright is amazed at how much Americans have helped already.

"People have already donated, in the United States, three million dollars to the American Red Cross for the Haiti disaster relief. And that's amazing," she says.

If you plan to donate to the American Red Cross, Wright reminds you to include a note on where you want the money spent.

The best way to help in the Haiti relief efforts is to donate financially.  There are four ways to do so:

1) Bring/send money to the local chapter to be forwarded to NHQ for the International Relief Fund.

2) Text the word "Haiti" to 90999.  A $10 donation will be made and will show up on their next cell phone bill.

3) Go to www.redcross.org  to donate online to the International Relief Fund.

4) Call 1-800-7REDCROSS to donate by phone.

As of this morning, the American Red Cross has received $10 million for the Haiti relief efforts.  A really good video that is full of info on what we are doing in Haiti is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs3uhophuPA&feature=channel

Please take the six minutes it takes to watch this video.  It gives really good insight into the logistics from our side of all of this.


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