ABC11 Partners With Harris Teeter To Assist Haiti

January 23, 2010 3:08:51 PM PST
ABC11 Eyewitness News is partnering with Harris Teeter, a North Carolina-based grocery store chain, to provide relief funds to Haiti in the aftermath of the Jan. 12 earthquake. All Harris Teeter stores are selling $1 and $5 Haiti Earthquake Relief cards. All money raised from these cards will directly benefit the American Red Cross International Response Fund, which will support the affected national societies by providing relief supplies, emergency response units, personnel and support for long-term reconstruction.

The campaign has already raised more than $500,000 as of Saturday night.

"The Haiti Earthquake Relief cards are an easy way for North Carolina residents to give to the people in Haiti who are in need of help after this week's earthquake," said John Idler, president and general manager of ABC11. "The money raised from these gift cards will help the American Red Cross in its efforts to provide immediate and long-term support to Haiti. We are proud to support their efforts."

Haiti Earthquake Relief donation cards have been placed at registers in participating Harris Teeter stores. Shoppers who want to contribute to the cause should pick up either the $1 or $5 card, and tell the cashier they would like to make a donation. The cards will be scanned and added to the grocery total. There is no limit on the number of cards which may be purchased.

Other ways to contribute:

The White House says you can help immediately by donating to the international fund of the Red Cross to assist the relief effort. Contribute online to the Red Cross, or donate $10 to be charged to your cell phone bill by texting "HAITI" to "90999."  Find more ways to help through the Center for International Disaster Information.

World Vision is already distributing first aid kits and other staples in Haiti.

Save the Children is focusing on children and families and taking truly grass roots actions like sending out motorbike teams to help people in the capital.

Care USA is distributing stocks of high-protein biscuits that it already had in warehouses in Haiti.

Click here to see other good groups working to help with Haiti. To find out if a charity meets the Better Business Bureau's standards, visit www.bbb.org.

NC Attorney General Roy Cooper's Consumer Protection Division says it has not yet received complaints from North Carolina consumers about fraudulent fundraising efforts for Haiti relief. Cooper encouraged North Carolinians to give generously but to watch for charity scams. Consumers can report potential scams to the Attorney General's office by calling 1-877- 5-NO-SCAM or filing a complaint at www.ncdoj.gov.

Families of Americans living in Haiti are still encouraged to contact the State Department at 888-407-4747. Families can also make contact through the www.familylinks.icrc.org website.

Local Organizations Help

Hearts with Haiti
26 Horne Street, Raleigh
Taki Donovan
haitiart@gmail.com
(919) 758-8085

Hearts and Hands for Haiti
2013 Midwood Drive, Raleigh, NC 27604
stan@heartsandhandsforhaiti.org
(919) 755-1903

The Haiti Connection
www.thehaiticonnection.org
206 New Bern Place, Raleigh, NC 27601
Bonnie Elam (919) 786-4478
(919) 417-4644 (cell)

Haiti Outreach Ministries
Bill Glass (207) 388- 2263, haitioutreach@hughes.net
Local Contact: Kathy Walmer, RN, MSN, CPNP
Executive Director
Family Health Ministries
2344 Operations Drive, Suite 201
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 382-5500
cell phone? (919) 368-6591
www.familyhm.org

Stop Hunger Now
Ray Buchanan/Founder
2501 Clark Avenue, Suite 301, Raleigh, NC 27607-7213
(888) 501-8440 (919) 839-0689
www.stophungernow.org

Horne United Methodist Church in Clayton is collecting medical supplies to be flown to Haiti on Friday. The drop off point is no longer at the church. Here's what they need and where people can go:
Large quantities of IV fluids (100 each) with IV tubing, suture kits (100), suturing material (all kinds), irrigation solution, orthopedic splinting material, pain medication, antibiotics, anti-hypertensives, diabetes meds.
The collection point is in Clayton at:
Carolina Graphic Press
501 Atkinson St.
Clayton, NC

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