United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund Supports Haiti Relief Efforts

The following is a news release from the United Way of Southwest Louisiana.

Lake Charles, LA – With estimates that as many as 3 million people may be affected by the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti on Tuesday, the United Way of Southwest Louisiana reminds people that they can make donations to support long-term recovery efforts in Haiti.

There are several ways that people can help. They can donate online to the United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund by going to www.liveunited.org or by calling 1-866-404-5826. They can also text HAITI to 864833 to donate $5 to the fund. Checks can be made out to United Way and mailed to United Way Worldwide, P.O. Box 630568, Baltimore, MD 21263-0568. The memo line should include "United Way Disaster Recovery Fund."

According to Catherine Thomas, Director of Disaster Response for United Way of Southwest Louisiana, "In times of disasters of this magnitude it is imperative that aid be provided as quickly as possible. In spite of these tough economic times, the caring spirit is alive and well in Southwest Louisiana as United Way has received many calls from those wanting to give or help in some way." Thomas said early response with monetary donations allows the relief efforts to be more appropriately targeted to address the most critical and immediate needs.

Organizations accepting product donations include the AidMatrix Network, which can be reached at www.aidmatrix.org and Gifts In Kind International, which can be accessed at www.giftsinkind.org. Gifts In Kind works primarily with corporate donors who give product donations in large amounts.

Those 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, access the Family Links website via the International Committee of the Red Cross, at www.familylinks.icrc.org.