It sounds as if things in Haiti are as terrible as they could be — and they weren't good to begin with. Here are five ways to donate to trustworthy organizations that are mobilizing for the relief effort.
1. Text HAITI to 90999 to make an instant $10 donation to the American Red Cross through your cell phone provider. It'll show up on your next phone bill.
2. Make an online donation to the American Red Cross's International Response Fund here.
3. Donate to the Mercy Corps Haiti Earthquake Fund here.
4. Support UNICEF's emergency response in Haiti, targeted specifically to the needs of children, here, or call 1-800-FOR-KIDS to donate by phone.
5. Donate to Catholic Relief Services here to support the work that Catholic Charities of Haiti is already doing to help flood victims in the dioceses of Port-au-Prince, Jacmel, Hinche and Cayes. Haiti is a predominantly Catholic country, and the parishes have local knowledge and distribution networks already in place.