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Earthquake Relief for Haiti

Post Date:01/22/2010
NEWS RELEASE

For more information, contact:
Aaron T. Shepley, Mayor
815-459-2020

Crystal Lake
– In the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, donations towards the relief efforts can go a long way. Major John Price, of the Crystal Lake Salvation Army, stated that “Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the hemisphere and the earthquake has left devastation upon devastation.” Major Price went on to say that he “encourages everyone to do what they can to help.”

For residents who wish to make a donation towards the relief efforts, the City, in coordination with the Salvation Army and American Red Cross, has gathered the below information to help facilitate the donation process. Mayor Aaron T. Shepley is encouraging residents to support those suffering in Haiti. He stated that “Crystal Lake residents have always been generous to those in need.”

Residents who wish to donate to the Haiti Disaster Relief Fund through the Salvation Army can do so through the following options:

• Text “Haiti” to 52000 to donate $10
• Through on-line donations at http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/www_usn_2.nsf
• By phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
• By mail to:

The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division
International Disaster Relief Fund
5040 N. Pulaski Road
Chicago, Illinois 60630

*Make sure to write “Haitian Disaster Relief” on your check or on the note you send with your donation.

For further information on the Salvation Army’s efforts, please visit the Crystal Lake Salvation Army at http://salarmycl.org or call 815-455-2769. The Crystal Lake Salvation Army office is located at 290 W. Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014.

In addition, residents that wish to donate to the Haiti Disaster Relief Fund through the American Red Cross can do so through the following options:

• Text “Haiti” to 90999 to donate $10
• By phone at 312-729-6100
• Through on-line donations at http://www.redcross.org
• By mail to:

American Red Cross of Greater Chicago
2200 W. Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612-3506

In addition to the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross, there are many other organizations involved in Haitian relief. Residents are encouraged to ensure the legitimacy of the charity. Unfortunately, there are people who look at what happened in Haiti as an opportunity to profit from the misery of others. There are two websites that can help determine whether the charity you are considering is legitimate and how much of the money collected actually goes to the charitable purpose versus administrative costs and/or fund raising: www.charitynavigator.com and www.give.org. In addition, the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org) also provides a helpful list of charities that are providing assistance in Haiti.

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