We’re all watching with horror and helplessness as the images are coming in from earthquake ravaged Haiti. Words fail me as I try to write this post because mere words aren’t able to convey the sorrow we feel as a nation. As we have on so many other occasions before, Americans are coming together and pouring out aid to help in the face of such tragedy. The White House has set up a great online resource for information about how Americans can help, as well as resources for those looking for loved ones in Haiti. Obviously, one of the best ways to help is to donate directly with reputable charities such as:
You can also find a host of other charitable organizations through the InterAction Haitian Response site. By donating to organizations with an established reputation in the humanitarian field, you can avoid falling for the many scams that have sprung up (I hate that I even have to type that sentence).
Locally, there are several benefits and drives being set up to help.
The 9:30 Club is hosting the DMV Helps Haiti Benefit Concert on Monday, January 18th. The concert starts at 6:00 pm and is being headlined by Wale and a host of other great acts. You can buy your tickets online by clicking here.
You can add a monetary donation to your purchases at the Whole Foods on P Street to AmeriCares.
Busboys and Poets is also allowing patrons to add a donation to their total bill at all of their locations.
The Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s host of restaurants (including Tallula, EatBar, Vermillion, Rustico, ChurchKey and Birch & Barley – to name a few) will have items marked with a red cross on their menus. The proceeds from the sale of these items will go to Haitian Emergency Rebuilding Operation (H.E.R.O.) and the American Red Cross.
The Caribbean Professional Network is holding an Emergency Earthquake Relief Fundraiser and Donation Drive at the Embassy of the Republic of Haiti on Sunday, January 17th from 11 am to 4 pm. For more information, including a list of needed items, click here. You will also be able to drop off monetary donations during the drive.
- Tryst is donating 100% of the proceeds from this weekend’s sales of their Bailey’s drinks (priced at $7) to UNICEF in support of the Haitian relief efforts.
- Open City is donating 100% of the proceeds from this weekend’s sales of their Orange Creamsicle cocktail to UNICEF as well. Also, the server who sells the most of these cocktails will have their total sales matched by Open City!
- The Diner is donating 100% of the proceeds from this weekend’s sales of Sierra Nevada Ale to UNICEF also. They will also have UNICEF donation envelopes available for those who would like to make a monetary contribution.
This is just a few of the ways you can help locally in the upcoming days. For a more exhaustive list, check out this post from the Washingtonian’s Best Bites Blog. As I learn about more ways to help locally, I will post them here. And feel free to add any resources in the comments section.Print This Recipe