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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A number of organizations are looking for ways to help earthquake survivors in Haiti, including Mission Harvest, the American Red Cross, Publix Super Markets and many more.



Hold Hands 4 Haiti is a project through FISH Ministries Relief in Haiti. The goal is to get as many people as possible to hold hands and create a human chain from Doctor's Lake to Black Creek, from Florida to Haiti, from Fleming Island to Gressier. The hand-holding starts Feb. 20.

You can volunteer your hands one of two ways: Fill out an application online or visit the Barco Newton YMCA this Saturday. READ MORE

Hold Hands 4 Haiti was created by neighbors in Orange Park.


The Local Caribbean Entertainers are holding a FREE concert to collection donations, including non-perishable good for Haiti. The concert is Feb. 28 at The Landing, and is also in remembrance of two local entertainers killed in the earthquake.


Local pastors have joined forces with the Jacksonville Faith Community, U. S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Florida Senator Tony Hill and St. Johns County Commissioner Ken Bryan to fill tractor trailers full of water and perishable items to take to Haiti.

Specific items needed:

  • Water
  • baby formula
  • dry Ramen Noodles
  • sardines
  • pampers
  • toilet paper
  • paper towels
  • canned milk
  • first aid kits
  • crackers
  • canned goods (pop tops only)
  • blankets
  • tents that sleep 4
  • sleeping bags

You can make donations today only at San Sebastian Church in St. Augustine, 1112 State Road 16, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Also, if you are unable to make a donation, the church said volunteers are always needed.

Call (904) 501-9432 if you have more questions on how you can help.




The Lake City Police Department is collecting non-perishable goods for Haiti relief. All donations will be taken to Haiti through the Beulah Baptist Association in three to four weeks.

Non-perishable food items needed:

  • rice
  • beans
  • wheat
  • cooking oil
  • canned goods
  • beef stew
  • flour
  • pancake mixes
  • powdered milk
  • water
  • spaghetti
  • and other imperishable items

Over the counter medicine and hygeic supplies:

  • vitamins - children and adults, prenatal and infant
  • cold medicine - children and adults
  • Tylenol, Advil and comparable meds
  • small First Aid kits
  • antibiotics
  • anti-diarrhea medicine
  • rehydration packets - Pepcid, Tagment
  • Benadryl - for adults and children
  • antidiabetic medication
  • antihypertensive medication
  • Nystatin oral rinse
  • antifungal cream
  • Cortisone cream
  • antibiotic oinment or cream
  • eyedrops
  • lice treatment kits
  • gauze pads, gauze rolls, tape
  • band aids, rubber gloves, blood pressure cuffs
  • tongue depressor, small flashlights and batteries
  • tooth brushes and toothpaste
  • soap/shampoo
  • cream and lotions


FMA has launched its "Help For Haiti" appeal to provide an outlet for physicians, their families and staff members who would like to donate their time, talents and resources to the earthquake victims of Haiti.

"Help for Haiti" contains a number of other resources, including guidance for relief workers, information about local relief initiatives, and assessments of the public health risks.



These organizations have teamed together for 'Haiti Relief Effort.' The goal is to fly all items donated directly to Haiti. You can start making donations at the Haiti Relief Center, located at Titus Harvest Dome, 10551 Beach Boulevard. The relief center is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.


The Allen's Childrens Center is accepting donations for Haiti relief efforts. You can drop off any items or money at 1084 St. Johns Bluff Road South, Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Mission Harvest is asking for donations of food and medical supplies to deliver to the nation devastated by a powerful earthquake..

Needed items include:

  • Dry food
  • Bags of rice or beans 
  • Powdered milk   
  • Money  
  • Flashlights and batteries 
  • Disposable BBQ grills 
  • Sanitizing wipes 
  • Toiletries 
  • FOOD - MOST NEEDED, Canned, no box food.   
  • canned meats or fish 
  • Over the counter medical supplies and first aid items 
  • Camping tents 
  • Portable generators
  • Portable Lights 
  • Clothes, mostly for children 
  • Shoes, no high heels or boots please 
  • Underwear [new please]

Drop-off locations: 

  • Orange Park farmers market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Orange Park Mall on the Sears parking lot facing Blanding Boulevard 
  • Fleming island farmers market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Corner of US 17 Highway and Village Square Parkway. 
  • Mandarin farmers market, noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, Whole Foods store in Mandarin, off San Jose Boulevard

Please call 356-9006 or 356-4819 for more information. For questions about drop-off locations, call 236-9966.


The American Red Cross has increased their relief effort funds to $10 million for immediate response action to Haiti. This money will go toward supplies for survivors, including blankets, kitchen sets and water containers.

Disaster Relief Specialists are also being sent to Haiti. The Red Cross is trying to work with people on the ground to get information on the situation.

If you are concerned about relatives living in Haiti, please call 1-888-407-4747 or 202-647-5225. The Red Cross said to be patient and call repeatedly if phone lines are busy. 


The Salvation Army teams are in Haiti surveying damage, but say there is still work to be done. You can make donations online, by phone at 1-800-Sal-Army (725-2769), or in person. If you plan on donating with a check, write "Haiti earthquake" in the memo line, and you can drop those off at any Salvation Army location. You can also text "HAITI" to 52000 to give $10 to The Salvation Army's relief efforts in Haiti. The $10 will be applied to your bill.

Visit The Salvation Army's Facebook page for the latest updates on their activity in Haiti.


Trying to donate on a busy schedule? Winn-Dixie stores are offering its customers a way to donate and shop at the same time. Once you've done your grocery shopping, you can simply add any amount (between $0.50 and $500) to your total at checkout, this is all possible through their "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" program.

In another effort to provide relief to Haiti, the Winn-Dixie Foundation and the Western Union Foundation have teamed together and donated $200,000 to the American Red Cross International Response Fund.


Publix Super Markets throughout Florida has established a program to offer customers and associates a way to directly assist those affected by the earthquake Customers can donate any amount by adding it to their grocery totals at checkout.

The money will be collected through the Red Cross and designated specifically for the Haiti Relief and Development Fund. Publix Super Markets Charities is also donating $100,000 to the Red Cross to help in relief efforts.


Aid organizations warn that well-intentioned efforts like collecting bottled water and clothing on your own may not be the most helpful thing for a disaster-ravaged country that does not have the infrastructure to distribute them.

Some tips from InterAction, a coalition of U.S.-based international non-governmental organizations:

  • Donating cash to established relief organizations is the best way to help because it allows professionals to get exactly what they need and does not use up scarce resources such as transportation, staff time or warehouse space.
  • If you decide to donate supplies and not cash, contact an established relief organization before you collect anything. If you have already collected items, donate them to a relief organization within your community or sell them at a yard sale or charity auction and donate the proceeds.
  • People who want to volunteer should have previous disaster or international experience or technical skills and should work through a relief organization.

More information is available from the Center for International Disaster Information.

Here is a list of organizations accepting donations:

  • InterAction has a list of agencies responding and how to donate to them. DONATE HERE
  • To donate $10 to the American Red Cross, Verizon Wireless and AT&T customers can text Haiti to 90999. The amount will be added to your next phone bill. The organization is also accepting donations through its International Response Fund.
  • To donate $5 to Wyclef Jean's Haitian Yele charity, text 501501. The money will be added to your next phone bill.
  • To find out how to help the International Rescue Committee, visit the website or call toll free, 1-877-REFUGEE.
  • Donate through Oxfam's emergency appeal.


Verizon Wireless is offering free internet and phone services to people trying to reach family and friends in Haiti. The Haiti Relief Connection Center is in Miami, Fla. The phones will be available to make wireless voice calls, text messages, check Facebook and Twitter, and access other internet and news sources. LOCATION: Verizon Wireless Communications Store, 14744 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, FL, 33181, (305) 957-1101. HOURS: Jan. 15, from noon to 9 p.m. The free service will be open subsequent days during store hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For those of you who are already Verizon Wireless customers, you can call Haiti free of charge until Jan. 30.


If you're a big traveler, Spirit Airlines is offering anyone who donates $5 or more to the Red Cross, UNICEF or Yéle Haiti, 5,000 FREE Spirit miles, this is enough for one flight.


Spirit Airlines is providing detailed updates about flights and the relief effort as they become available.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to all of the people in Haiti during this terrible tragedy," said Spirit Airlines CEO and President Ben Baldanza. "Our initial focus is on raising funds for relief agencies that are best equipped to aid in the overall relief and Spirit stands ready to give a billion miles to those that assist in this effort."


The Jacksonville Baptist Association is collecting financial donations to distribute once the earthquake damage is assessed.  A mission team will also likely be returning to the orphanage outside of the Port Au Prince.


The Catholic Relief Services has set up a website where you can donate to people affected by the earthquake in Haiti. There is an option to enter your phone number to donate. You can also follow the CRS' Blog for updates and information.


The Latin American and Caribbean Community Center is collecting medical supply donations to send to people in Haiti. The following supplies are needed:

  • Blankets Cotton or Thermal Blankets (Aluminum)
  • Reading Glasses (Used if used, please indicate prescription)
  • Feminine Hygiene Products such as Tampons and Sanitary Napkins
  • Disposable Underwear for Adults (ie.. Depends)
  • Gauze/ Wound Dressing
  • Eye Pads/ Patches
  • Bandages (all sizes and uses)
  • Blood Pressure Monitors
  • Slings (Arms)
  • Feeding Tube Attachment/ IV Bags and Medical Tubing
  • Skin Sanitizer
  • Diabetes Blood Sugar Indicators and Testing Strips
  • Urinary Drain Bags
  • Saline Solution
  • Calamine Lotion
  • Case, Pins, Scissors & Forceps
  • Cough Mixture
  • Crutches, Adjustable with rubber tips
  • Detergent, Emulsion
  • Drinking cups, wax (Lilly type)
  • Ear Drops (Mineral oil or olive oil)
  • Ligatures, with needles
  • Magnesium Sulphate
  • Milk of Magnesium
  • Medicine droppers
  • Mosquito Netting
  • Medicine glass, graduated
  • Pencil, indelible
  • Baby Diapers & Wipes
  • Soap (Preferably Bar Not Liquid)
  • Tooth Brushes & Toothpaste
  • Batteries (Any size)
  • Anti-Biotic Ointment such Neosporin or Equivalent
  • Alcohol Wipes
  • Aspirin or Motrin
  • Cotton Balls
  • Q-tips
  • Medical/ First Aid Supplies
  • Latex Gloves
  • Ice Paks & Heat PaksPencil, Dermatographic (Skin marking)
  • Personal Insecticide (Lice)
  • Petrolatum, Liquid (heavy)
  • Pins, Safety (assorted)
  • Plaster of Paris (Rolls)
  • Salt tablets
  • Water Filters
  • Scissors
  • Sheets and pillow cases (all sizes, waterproof preferred)
  • Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)
  • Splints, wooden 18" x 3-1/2"
  • Thermometer, clinical
  • Tongue depressors, wood
  • Vitamins- multi caps, oral liquid, Injectable, infant, child and adult- these are a huge priority.
  • Infant Formula
  • Eye solutions and cleanser- antibacterial
  • Nebulizers, Inhalers
  • IV supplies- needles, bags of fluid, tubing
  • Anti-inflammatory

If you are coordinating large donations of the above, please contact Brett Cave at (678) 349-4751 for more details and information. You can also drop off supplies or your large commercial contribution at Project South located at 9 Gammon Avenue Atlanta, GA 30315.



The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is providing U.S. service members with relatives currently in Haiti with the funds to purchase airline tickets to Haiti, so they may locate, assist or make burial arrangements for relatives affected by the earthquake.

Funds may also be used to help provide sustenance or other necessities to sustain life. 

The veterans' organization donation will be used to assist U.S. service members currently on active duty, in the Reserves or in National Guard units.

How to donate:

  • By text message: text ""VFW" to 90999 (standard rates apply)
  • Mail directly: VFW National Military Services, 406 W. 34th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111.

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