The American Red Cross has set up a text message donation account enabling anyone in the US to text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10 to the recovery effort. The fully deductible donation will be billed to your mobile phone account.
Rescue efforts are underway in Haiti as death toll estimates climb into the tens of thousands, with as many as 3 million people injured or homeless from yesterday's earthquake.
In the streets of Haiti's capital, Port-Au-Prince, survivors are setting up make-shift camps in the streets from piles of rubble while scavenging for food and water. People are using their bare hands to dig through the rubble in hopes of finding trapped survivors, as bodies lie everywhere. Telecommunications have been down in Haiti, making emergency calls next to impossible. Rescue workers are calling the situation horrific.
People trying to locate U.S. citizens living or traveling in Haiti should contact the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, at 1-888-407-4747 or 202-647-5225.
Frequent travelers looking to help out the relief efforts in Haiti can now dig into their reward programs and make a donation. Now after this week's devastating earthquake in Haiti, those travel companies are highlighting how those extra miles or points can help out the victims in the Caribbean.
For instance Starwood Hotels is letting frequent guests at its Westin, Sheraton, Four Points, W and St. Regis hotels use 4,000 Starpoints to make a $50 donation to the American Red Cross.
American Airlines is featuring a link on its homepage for people to donate to the Red Cross. For every cash donation of $50, the airline will give people 250 bonus miles in its frequent flier program. For donations of $100 or more, that grows to 500 miles.
United Airlines is also letting members of its Mileage Plus program donate miles to the Red Cross. On its "Support Haiti Earthquake Relief" Web site, the airline said as of 3 p.m. that 730,000 miles had been donated through this program.