8 Ways Miamians Can Support Earthquake Relief Efforts in Haiti
Send some love to our neighbors in need.
To put it mildly, Haiti has had a rough summer. Amid the turmoil surrounding July’s presidential assassination, the island nation was hit with a magnitude 7.2 earthquake. And right after the earthquake, Tropical Storm Grace thundered ashore, hampering recovery and rescue efforts for days on end.
As of now, thousands have been killed or injured, and even more have been left homeless. And while challenges like these may seem insurmountable, there are plenty of ways you can help these resilient people on their road to recovery. Around Miami—and the country—organizations are working with locals on the ground to bring much-needed relief to Haiti. Here’s how to get started.
Bad-boy-turned-do-gooder Michael Capponi’s disaster relief organization has already sent a barge with 500 pallets to Haiti, providing over 50 communities with in-demand supplies. GEM is also partnering with Little Footprints, Big Steps to ensure the supplies are distributed to the people who need it most. Head to their website to learn more about how to get involved.
If you’d prefer to donate health-related and sanitary products directly, the City of North Miami is currently collecting medical supplies at 776 NE 125th Street during regular business hours. For after-hours donations, stop by the North Miami Police Department at 700 NE 124th Street—both locations will have bins available for drop-off.
Note that everything donated before 5 pm Tuesday, August 24 will be sent directly to Haiti via the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s special charter jet. Anything donated afterwards will be transported to the island by the kind folks at The Smile Trust, who will also be collecting medical supplies at 720 NW 55th Street in Miami.
For those looking to donate supplies beyond the medical realm, the Family Action Network Movement is accepting nonperishable food, personal protective equipment, cases of water, and unopened over-the-counter medications. You can tote these items over to 100 NE 84th Street in Miami, or save yourself the trip and simply make a cash donation via PayPal.
Looking to put some of that crypto cash to good use for once? Throw some funds at this team of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals, all hard at work compiling emergency kits for earthquake survivors. They are, to our knowledge, the only organization currently accepting Crypto donations, though you can still donate the old-fashioned way via Facebook.
Our local chapter of the United Way has teamed with the Miami Herald to support Operating Helping Hands. The partnership is working with the Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center alongside nonprofits on the island to ensure funds go directly toward purchasing relief items for affected Haitians. Do your part by donating online or calling 1-800-226-3320.
A local organization devoted to civic education and entrepreneurship in Haiti is behind this special earthquake relief fund. They’ll be working with Papyrus SA and other groups on the island to distribute supplies and assistance. Read up on the project and learn about ways to get involved on their website.
This organization works to promote sustainability initiatives and improve healthcare conditions in Southern Haiti. Now, they’re partnering with Mission Evangélique Baptiste du Sud d’Haïti to collect Earthquake relief donations, with 100% of all money going directly to the country. Pitch in online.
Both the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami and the Greater Miami Jewish Federation are accepting cash donations to benefit Haitian relief efforts. Check out their websites to donate and learn more about each organization’s initiatives.