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How to help Haiti earthquake victims: Things you can do for the country right now

Charity Navigator has compiled a list of vetted organizations providing funding, support, and supplies to Haiti in the wake of Saturday’s earthquake.

How to help Haiti earthquake victims: Things you can do for the country right now
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The news and photos out of Haiti after the devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake on Saturday are horrifying.

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The death and destruction that have ravaged the island nation are motivating people around the world to open their wallets and donate generously.

The quake killed more than 1,400 people and injured close to 7,000, according to various reports. Homes and public infrastructure are gone and medical personnel are struggling to tend to those who’ve been hurt.

Haiti is still suffering the aftereffects of the catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake in January 2010 that destroyed the capital city of Port-au-Prince and others areas and killed about 200,000 people, injuring hundreds of thousands more.

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Charity Navigator has compiled a list of vetted organizations that are rushing to provide funding, support, and supplies to Haiti.

The roster includes:

At times like these, scammers surface, so be sure you’re donating to reputable orgs.

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The Federal Trade Commission advises that to avoid cons, research charities through resources like Charity Navigator, GuideStar, or the Better Business Bureau before sending them money; use a credit card, not through a gift card or wire transfer; and be wary of phone solicitors who may use bogus caller IDs to look legitimate.

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