Friday, January 15, 2010 by Wendy Lam


Dear nitro:licious Readers,

The people of Haiti needs your help. With estimates that as many as three million people may be affected by the catastrophic earthquake which hit Haiti Tuesday, let’s all lend a helping hand. I’ve combined some ways of how you can help, please do what you can to help the victims whether it’s sending money, supplies, food or clothing. My prayers goes out to the people of Haiti.

For those interested in helping immediately, simply text “HAITI” to “90999” and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the American Red Cross to help with relief efforts. Your donation will be charged to your mobile phone bill, and one hundred percent of this donation goes directly to the Red Cross. There is no per-text fee for this service for customers who do not have a messaging plan, nor will the text be decremented from messaging plans.

Yo can also text “YELE” to 501501 to support Haitian-born musician and featured T-Mobile MyTouch™ 3G artist Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti fund. For more information, please visit http://www.yele.org.

Help children affected by the earthquake in Haiti, make a donation via UNICEF.

ICRC is helping reconnect separated families in Haiti through a special web site which enables people in Haiti and outside the country to search for and register the names of relatives missing since the earthquake. In the first twenty-four hours, more than 6,000 people have been registered.

MSNBC put together a list of charitable organizations active in the nation, click here to see how you can help.

More ways to help after the jump…


Timberland cares about Haiti. In the wake of Haiti’s earthquake disaster, we pray for those whose lives and families have been devastated … and we unite, in concern and compassion and with a desire to do whatever we can to contribute to the relief and recovery Haiti and its community desperately and urgently need.  A few months back, Timberland announced its partnership with Yéle Haiti – a grassroots movement that builds global awareness for Haiti while transforming the country through educational, cultural and environmental programs.  At the time, the vision for our partnership with Yéle Haiti was one of reforestation – building a tree nursery in Gonaives, a city in northern Haiti devastated by a series of hurricanes and storms; enlisting local farmers to maintain it; and using the trees grown there to reforest the hillsides surrounding the city.  As part of our partnership with Yéle Haiti, Timberland makes a donation to the organization for every pair of Earthkeepers™ Yéle Haiti boots and Yéle Haiti t-shirts that we sell.  While the original intent for that donation was to support Haiti’s reforestation, we’re now rededicating our efforts – and our donation – to the country’s earthquake relief.  Should you wish to contribute personally to the massive relief effort underway, this link will allow you to donate directly to the Yéle Haiti organization.  You can also donate $5 to the Yéle Haiti Earthquake Fund by texting the word “Yéle” to 501501.



BOND NO. 9: Effect January 14, 2010, and for the next thirty days, 10% of the proceeds from the sale of The Scent of Peace will go to The American Red Cross to assist the communities impacted by the Earthquake in Haiti and provide urgent relief.

“Perfumes are about passions. So, back in 2006, we thought, why not turn our passion for peace into an eau de parfum? When we decided to capture the spirit of understanding and tolerance pervading every borough and every street of New York, ”

Bond No. 9 Scent of Peace is available at our four New York City stores, www.bondno9.com and Saks Fifth Avenue nationwide.


T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced that the company is taking a number of steps to provide relief and help unite families in the aftermath the earthquake disaster in Haiti.

For current T-Mobile customers who are trying to connect with loved ones in Haiti during the aftermath of the country’s devastating earthquake, T-Mobile USA is enabling phone calls to Haiti without charges for international long distance through January 31, 2010, and retroactive to the earthquake on January 12, 2010. Additionally, T-Mobile customers who may already be in Haiti will be able to roam on T-Mobile’s partner networks in Haiti (operated locally in Haiti under the names Voila and Digicel) free-of-charge through the end of the month. In both cases, T-Mobile will remove these charges from customer bills accordingly.

“Our company and our employees care deeply for our customers, and we know that many customers have been directly impacted by the disaster in Haiti,” said Robert Dotson, president and CEO, T-Mobile USA. “While our thoughts go out to those in Haiti who are suffering so greatly at this time, our promise is to help people connect with those who matter most. I can think of no better time to demonstrate this commitment.”


Foot Solutions, on behalf of Soles4Souls, the international charity dedicated to providing free footwear to people in desperate need, is asking the public to drop off their gently used shoes at any of their 240 worldwide locations and or contribute monetary donations for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

“Foot Solutions is working aggressively with Soles4Souls to help our Haitian neighbors in this terrible disaster,” said Ray Margiano, Foot Solutions CEO and Founder. “I have been to this country and am well aware of the level of poverty that exists and the shortage of supplies that are difficult on a normal level and this is especially hard on this struggling country,” Margiano said. “We want to do everything we can to help.”

“Recovery for the people of Haiti will require a sustained humanitarian effort from everyone who can give,” said Wayne Elsey. “We are grateful to our partners at Foot Solutions for their support in the process of rescuing and rebuilding the lives of these victims.”

To find the participating location nearest you log on to www.footsolutions.com or call 1-888-FIT-FOOT.


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