The small island of Haiti was riveted by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake Tuesday. The earthquake struck around 10 miles southwest of the country’s capital, Port-Au-Prince, according to the New York Times. It’s the worst that the country has seen in nearly 200 years, the paper reported.
As of now, there isn’t a clear number of how many people may be missing or dead. But the U.N. fears that number could be in the thousands.
But in Gainesville, Fla., student organizations are working hard to collect funds, clothing, and canned food to send to Haiti as soon as possible.
Club Creole, the Haitian Student Association at the University of Florida, is planning to send these relief items down to Miami over the weekend, says external vice-president, Carine Normil. The club’s officers also plans to host an emergency meeting, Friday at 5 p.m. The location has not yet been determined, but people interested in dropping off funds, supplies or canned goods should visit the club’s Web site at clubcreole.org for updates.
The organization has also made it possible for people to donate with their cell phones. By texting YELE to 501501″ a $5 dollar donation will be added to phone bills to help jumpstart relief efforts.
OTHER WAYS TO DONATE:
Want to donate but you don’t live in Gainesville? Check out these other organizations:
- Donate to the Red Cross by texting “HAITI” to “90999.” A $10 donation will be charged to your cell phone bill (From the New York Times)
- The American Red Cross has already released $200,000 in aid for Haiti.
- The U.S. State Department encourages families of Americans living in Haiti to call 888-407-4747.
MORE UPDATES TO COME
The New York Times also had a list of organizations sending relief to Haiti.
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