Red Cross offices extending hours to accept donations for Haiti disaster relief

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Published on January 13, 2010

An injured child is tended to at the Hotel Villa Creole in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Tuesday Jan. 12, 2010. The strongest earthquake in more than 200 years rocked Haiti on Tuesday, collapsing a hospital where people screamed for help and heavily damagin

Published on January 13, 2010

Collapsed floors are seen on a damaged multi-story building in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 after the largest earthquake ever recorded in Haiti. - Photo by The Associated Press

Published on January 13, 2010

A damaged building is seen after an earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010. The largest earthquake ever recorded in the area rocked Haiti on Tuesday. The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 and was centered about 10 miles

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People carry an injured person after an earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010. The largest earthquake ever recorded in the area rocked Haiti on Tuesday. The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 and was centered about 10

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Buildings neighbouring the Hotel Villa Creole in Port-au-Prince, Haiti sit in rubble on Tuesday Jan. 12, 2010. The strongest earthquake in more than 200 years rocked Haiti collapsing a hospital where people screamed for help and heavily damaging the Na

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People gather in the street after an earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake, the largest ever recorded in the area, rocked Haiti on Tuesday. - Photo by The Associated Press

Published on January 13, 2010

People carry an injured person after an earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake, the largest ever recorded in the area, rocked Haiti on Tuesday. - Photo by The Associated Press

Published on January 13, 2010

An injured person is seen after an earthquake hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake, the largest ever recorded in the area, rocked Haiti on Tuesday. - Photo by The Associated Press

Published on January 13, 2010

Debris lays in the street after an earthquake along the Delmas road in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake, the largest ever recorded in the area, rocked Haiti on Tuesday. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Saintanise Ducas sheds tears as she talks about her relatives in Haiti in the "Little Haiti" section of Miami, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010. On Tuesday, an earthquake shook Haiti, the largest ever recorded in the area. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Haiti's National Palace is seen damaged in Port-au-Prince, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010. A powerful earthquake struck the country on Tuesday. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Canadian troops offload U.S. humanitarian aid at the airport in Jacmel, Haiti Wednesday, January 20, 2010. - Photo by The Canadian Press

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Cracks from the Haiti earthquake run through the tiny village next to the mission where the US Navy and Marines are setting up relief efforts for earthquake victims on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010 in Pandou, Haiti. - Photo by The Associated Press

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The arm of one of a person that was killed in Haiti's earthquake sits partially covered at a mass grave in Titanyen, Haiti, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010. Tens of thousands of victims of Haiti's massive earthquake are buried here, in several mass grave site

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Phara Thes, 21, holds her newborn baby Jims Silvera at the US 82nd Airborne Division's forward operating base in Port-au-Prince, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010. International aid flowing into Haiti after last week's earthquake has been struggling with logi

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In this Jan. 19, 2010 photo provided by the American Red Cross, Eleanore Rose of the Canadian Red Cross holds six-month-old Sebastian Joseph at Hospital General in Haiti. Sebastian's mother was killed in the Jan. 12 earthquake. For the American Red Cr

Published on January 13, 2010

In this image provided by ACT Alliance, showing earthquake victim Ena Zizi as she takes a drink of water after being carried alive from the rubble of Haiti's devastating earthquake, Tuesday Jan. 19, 2010, one week after the city was reduced to ruins.

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:
http://www.international.gc.ca/humanitarian-humanitaire/canadians-he lp-aide-canadien.aspx
Calls for donations are also prevalent on social networking services Twitter and Facebook.

Organizations: Red Cross, Oxfam, Salvation Army NetCommunity/SSLPage.aspx Rogers Wireless Bell Mobility Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

Geographic location: Haiti, Atlantic Canada, St. John's Corner Brook Wabush Quebec Bermuda Toronto

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