Update: The American Red Cross has announced the release of an additional $9 million for earthquake relief in Haiti, bringing the commitment to $10 million.
In addition to the monetary support, five disaster management specialists from Peru, Mexico and the United States are arriving in the Dominican Republic today and will travel by land to the disaster zone. These individuals join the 15-person staff the Red Cross already has on the ground in Haiti as well as thousands of local Red Cross volunteers.
The local chapter of the American Red Cross is doing its part to help the victims of Haiti’s magnitude 7 earthquake that occurred this past Sunday.
Other than prayers for the survivors and the victims of the earthquake, the Greater Buffalo Chapter of the American Red Cross says donations for relief efforts are very much needed now.
Chapter President Nancy Blaschak says, “What we’re asking Buffalonians to do is make a gift to the American Red Cross. We’ll be happy to see to it that those gifts are used to support the victims of this disaster.”
The American Red Cross had pleged an initial $1 million, and is currently working on disaster relief efforts in Haiti, and the Buffalo Chapter is working jointly with national offices to assist in raising the necessary funds for what is expected to be an arduous relief operation.
The public can also help by texting “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation to the Red Cross, through an effort backed by the U.S. State Department. Funds will go to support American Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti, and more than $800,000 has been raised this way so far.
Donors can also click the Red Cross button in the left column of this page to donate now.