Many musicians have been using social media sites, blogs, and Twitter to urge people to donate money to the Haiti earthquake victims. The driving force has been singer Wyclef Jean, a native of Haiti. He makes the following statement on his blog:
Many people have already reached out to see what they can do right now. We are asking those interested to please do one of two things: Either you can use your cell phone to text “Yele” to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund (it will be charged to your cell phone bill), or you can visit Yele.org and click on DONATE.
Below is a video of Jean on CNN:
R&B artists P. Diddy and Ryan Leslie along with Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus are also asking for contributions to Jean’s organization. You can check out P. Diddy’s Twitter feed here and Mark Hoppus’s feed here.
Please, everyone donate even the smallest of what you can. We are so fortunate. Let us give where truly needed. www.unicefusa.org/haitiquake
Coldplay singer Chris Martin is asking for donations to the charity Oxfam. From the Coldplay website:
I visited Haiti with Oxfam a few years ago. It’s a country of extreme poverty and brutal living conditions. Most people in Port-au-Prince live in tin shacks. The earthquake that has struck Haiti will have turned the city into an unimaginable hell. The people of Haiti will be desperate for help and assistance. You can make a donation towards Oxfam’s Haiti Earthquake Appeal at the following website:
Colombian artist Shakira is asking for donations to Yele.org and UNICEF. From her website:
The people of Haiti need our help immediately. Money will be needed to provide urgent emergency relief and I urge everyone who can afford to help to either donate to UNICEF’s emergency relief fund at www.unicef.org or text the word YELE to 501501 on your U.S. cell phone…We must all act. As a global community, we must be part of the recovery of Haiti and its people.
Even though this has nothing to do with musicians and charities, I also wanted to include a link to an informative article on lifehacker.com entitled, “How and Where to Donate to Haiti (and Avoid Scams)”.
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