Haiti: How You Can Help

Haiti’s earthquake was massive. It’s up to all of us to help. Here’s how.


Relief efforts for Haiti will culminate in a massive telethon this Friday that will be the most widely seen event of its kind, according to MTV. Featuring performances from Los Angeles, New York and London, the telethon will be broadcast through MTV networks available in 640 million homes worldwide, including for the first time China's MTV channel, as well as audiences through other major networks such as CNN.

George Clooney, the actor who organized the event, will host the two-hour "Hope for Haiti Now" show starting at 8 p.m. EST on Friday to raise money for the earthquake-ravaged Caribbean country. Perfomers in Los Angeles include Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift and a group jam by Keith Urban, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow. In New York, Haiti-born singer Wyclef Jean will be joined by Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira and Sting. The event will also be streamed live on websites including YouTube, Hulu and MySpace and through mobile phone carriers, raising the size of the potential audience.

MTV, the show's co-producer, said the broad collaboration would make it the most widely distributed telethon in history.

Other telethons and concert fundraisers have claimed huge audiences and brought in millions in relief money.

Within hours of hearing the news about the deadly earthquake in Haiti, people across the globe began sending in relief donations through text messaging and various Internet sites. Here are some of the agencies you can text your donations.

  • Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund: text the word “Yele” to 501501.
  • American Red Cross: text “Haiti” to 90999
  • Clinton Foundation: text “Haiti” to 20222
  • International Medical Corps: text “Haiti” to 85944
  • International Rescue Committee: text “Haiti” to 25383
  • Salvation Army: text “Haiti” to 52000

Some live events are listed below:


Miami Heat and American Airlines Arena Haiti Relief Drop-Off