As Haiti begins to recover, one of the biggest questions has been, how to provide food and water to the nearly 1.5 million displaced people of Port-au-Prince. With this in mind, I couldn’t begin writing a blog about indulging in food and drink without providing resources to those who wish to assist the relief effort in Haiti.
The Red Cross is accepting donations on their website, at participating Starbucks, and by text message. Text HAITI to 90999 and $10 will be donated and charged to your cell phone bill.
The LATimes.com has also compiled an extensive list of organizations where you can donate money, time and even frequent flyer miles.
Locally, the Las Vegas Haitian Disaster Relief Committee is collecting non-perishable goods, clothing, bottles of water, and medical supplies and shipping them to Haiti. Items can be dropped off at:
First Baptist Church 4400 West Oakey Las Vegas, NV 89102 (W. Oakey & S. Arville)
Several local restaurants and shows are also hosting events and donating proceeds to relief efforts in Haiti:
- Hennessy’s Tavern is hosting a benefit on Friday, January 29th at 8pm
- Bette Midler is matching audience donations collected at her show for Doctors Without Borders now thru January 31st
- Carrot Top is donating all of his merchandise sales to the Red Cross thru January 31st. Merchandise can be purchased at the Luxor and Carrottop.com
- TAO Asian Bistro in the Venetian and LAVO Italian Restaurant in the Palazzo have both added a line item on their diners’ checks that allow donations to be made to UNICEF. Donations can be made now thru January 30th.