The Canadian Red Cross is extending business hours at 11 of its offices in Atlantic Canada to accommodate people looking to make financial donations in person for disaster relief in Haiti.
Today, Thursday and Friday, offices that normally close at 4:30 p.m. will remain open until 7 p.m. for in-person donations by cash or cheque in St. John's, Grand Falls-Windsor, Corner Brook and Wabush.
Financial donations specifically for the Red Cross "Haiti Earthquake Fund" can also be made securely 24 hours a day online at www.redcross.ca/helpnow or by calling 1-800-418-1111.
At this time the Canadian Red Cross is only accepting financial donations to support emergency medical and other relief operations under way in Haiti.
Other reputable aid organizations currently seeking cash donations for relief efforts in earthquake-ravaged Haiti include:
Humanitarian Coalition (consists of CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Quebec and Save the Children Canada): www.thehumanitariancoalition.ca.
Plan Canada: https://plancanada.ca/NetCommunity/SSLPage.aspx?pidid
Salvation Army: http://www.salvationarmy.ca, or call 1-800-725-2769. Rogers Wireless and Bell Mobility customers can make $5 donations by texting the word "haiti" to 45678. Donations can be mailed to Army Territorial Headquarters, Canada and Bermuda, 2 Overlea Blvd., Toronto, Ontario M4H 1P4. Donations can also be dropped off at local Salvation Army units. Specify "Haiti Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund."
Unicef Canada: https://secure.unicef.ca/portal/SmartDefault.aspx?at0&CID
United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto: http://www.ujadonations.com/haiti or call 416-631-5705.
World Vision Canada: https://www.worldvision.ca/give-a-gift/Pages/EarthquakeinHaiti.aspx
The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade has also compiled a guide designed to help the public avoid scams and ensure their donations are of maximum value:
Calls for donations are also prevalent on social networking services Twitter and Facebook.