There numerous organizations, most of them legitimate and deserving of your support, raising money, collecting supplies, etc. so they can help the people of Haiti recover this past week's earthquake.
I have chosen to support Catholic Relief Services, which has been working in Haiti for more than 60 years, and since Tuesday has been working to save lives so that they can later be rebuilt. They truly are doing God's work, and I'm not saying that just because of what it says in its name.
To make it easy for you, I have posted at the top of the left sidebar a link to a secure page where you can make your donation.
Which ever charity you prefer — for a list of the some of the organizations helping in Haiti, and information about their respective efforts, go here — pick one and do what you can to help.
Every dollar, even if it seems too little to make a difference, does help because if we each do a little, together we will accomplish a lot.
UPDATED, Jan. 16, 2010
For an update on CRS's efforts, read this message from CRS president Ken Hackett:
Almost immediately following the earthquake, CRS began delivering lifesaving supplies, including food and water, to desperate survivors. The supplies were already in place in CRS' Port-au-Prince warehouse.
"We are fortunate to have had water in our warehouse," says Karel Zelenka, country representative for CRS Haiti. "We also trucked in family food kits from Les Cayes."
CRS has a staff of 313 on the ground, with more personnel arriving daily. CRS Haiti's headquarters building was damaged but did not collapse. Until its structural integrity is assured, aid workers are working and sleeping outside in tents or cars.
Additional food will arrive soon. "Fifteen hundred metric tons of wheat and oil will arrive in port shortly," says Schuyler Thorup, Regional Director for CRS Latin America. "We will distribute it immediately."
In the neighboring Dominican Republic, CRS is preparing food packages to feed 50,000 people. The packages are five-gallon buckets loaded with ready-to-eat foods that don’t need to be cooked. CRS is also readying water storage containers, water purification tablets, hygiene kits, cookware and plastic sheeting in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
But we can’t do this without your help. We are asking you to please support our efforts to feed and shelter the earthquake victims in Haiti. Your help is urgently needed. Please donate now.
If you have already given, we thank you so much for your generosity and ask that you consider deepening your support for the people of Haiti with a second gift.