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Please donate to one of the following orgs to support disaster relief in Haiti.

- UNICEF. Go online to unicefusa.org/haitiquake or call (800) 4UNICEF.

- Red Cross. Go online to redcross.org, or call (800) REDCROSS.

- Direct Relief International. Donate online at directrelief.org.

- Mercy Corp. Go online to mercycorps.org or mail checks to Haiti Earthquake Fund, Dept. NR, PO Box 2669, Portland, Ore. 97208 or call (888) 256-1900

[Special Note 1/14/10 @2:15 EST]

We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and willing volunteers. Thank you.

At this point we are working in direct concert with consul in NYC and established orgs to determine their needs and to wait for their direction.

Please note that Matador will not be taking volunteers to Haiti who are unqualified or unskilled as medican professionals and/or proven disaster relief.

If you’d like to support volunteer efforts in Haiti, please consider donating to one of the orgs listed here.

We’ll continue to keep you updated as we learn more.

One way or another, Matador’s going to Haiti. Here’s what we want to take with us. Can you help?

Plans are coming together for a trip of Matador volunteers to go to Haiti to assist in earthquake recovery and relief.

Whether you’ve already contacted us to express your interest in going, or whether you want to help from home, here’s a list of the items we want to take with us. Consider starting a collection among your friends and family members. Every donation makes a difference.

Baby formula (dry/powder)

Baby wipes

Baby bottles

Diapers

Baby clothes

Toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste)

Hand sanitizer

Vitamins

First aid kits

Over the counter medicines

Socks

Blankets

Mosquito repellent

Flashlights

Batteries

Candles

Flip flops

T-shirts, pants, lightweight jackets

Non perishable food that’s not in cans (seal-paks of tuna, for example)

There are dozens more items; this is just a starter list. Think flat, lightweight, easily packable.

Interested in sending your donations to Haiti with Matador? Email matadorhaiti@gmail.com.

 


 

About The Author

Julie Schwietert

Julie Schwietert Collazo is a writer, editor, researcher, and translator currently in New York, formerly of Mexico City and San Juan.

  • http://www.diamondpr.com Kara Rosner

    Where should donation items be sent?

    • Julie Schwietert

      Kara- Hang onto them for now. I’ll be updating everyone tonight about where to drop off or where they’ll be picked up!

  • walkiria sanchez

    Hello I would like to help along with my friends we live in Jacksonville,NC. I’m calling a lot of places to see if we could donate clothes and other things that they need but no luck. If you could tell me where could be send I’ll appreciate that

  • Steve

    To whom it may concern,

    My name is steve i am haitian american. I know Haiti really well, I usually go there every year. My wife and i would love to go there and help ASAP. Please contact us at 919-427-7810.Thank you.

  • michele

    are you looking for clothing for men and women (tshirts, pants, jackets)?

    • Julie Schwietert

      Yes!

  • Linda

    Where are you located? I have a group in NYC but we need someone to confirm they will pick up the supplies we have donated.

    • Julie Schwietert

      Linda- I am in NYC and will pick up your supplies. I will keep you posted as plans develop. Thank you!

  • http://www.karmatree.com Chris Blair

    My girlfriend and I would like info on making the trip over to haiti to help.

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  • http://cerusso.blogspot.com C. Russo

    Julie, I’m also in NYC. Let me know if you need help rounding things up. I will also try and start a drive of sorts in hopes of getting people to donate.

  • Gathegu Gatungo

    I am ready to go. My friend Jean-Moise Moses Lucien signed up to volunteer with you and he is on a flight to Haiti. He told me he spoke to you last night. His father lives in the Delma 65 area of Port-au-Prince. I will try to raise funds to get a ticket down there if there are no spots on your list and none out of Atlanta. I am a Wilderness Instructor trained with A Wilderness First Responder basic life support (wilderness and rescue medicine). I know how to survive on scarce resources and how to improvise necessities. Please contact me to let me know what is possible through your end

    • Moses

      I never made it out of the country Cee-cee. The FAA stopped all flights to Haiti.

  • http://cerusso.blogspot.com C. Russo

    Hey Julie,

    Not sure why my previous message didn’t go through, but I wrote telling you I’m also in NYC and I’m willing to help you round up the things which are being donated if need be the case. Just let me know.

    Peace,
    Russo

  • Chelsey Echevarria

    I am really interested in becoming apart of the travel team to Haiti. I would really appreciate details. Thank you :)

  • Carol Glovinski

    My husband and I are both interested in helping out in Haiti in becoming part of the travel team. Last year we joined the recovery efforts in Costa Rica. This year we would love to be part of your team.
    Hope to hear from you soon.
    We can be reached at (631) 968-7897

  • Madelin Espinal

    Hey,

    My name is Madelin Espinal, I am a sophomore at a school in Rhode Island and I’m interesting in helping. I would like to know where i can send all the donations my sophomore class has given. Please let me know A.S.A.P because we will be organizing everything and finding an organization to give all of this too. We wish the best for Haiti and Haitian families. God Bless

  • marian

    I would like to donate clothes. I live in Toronto, Canada. I will be reaching out to my friends to help out. I just need to know where to drop off the items.
    Please email me back.

  • Chase

    Did Jetblue come through?

  • Dario

    I’m also interested in donating clothes, or others things thar are on the list, i just need to know where to drop them off. Thank you Julie

  • Elie

    If you need help responding to emails or in posting tweets, updates, etc., I can help from home or can make the one hour trip to NYC. It must be beyond hectic for you!

    Elie
    610-597-1731

  • Elie

    Oh, and I can help you make databases of volunteer info too.

  • Britt

    Is it true you are collecting supplies at the embassy in WDC this Sunday as well? I received an email that you were and want to pass the information along!

  • dawn yetman

    Hello..I live in Canada and was wondering if there has been any updates as to how I can donate clothes etc to Haiti. I have called my local redcross but as of now they are only accepting money donations.Please if there is any information

  • jacquie mcspurren

    I have 3 cartons of medical bandages to donate to the Haiti victims. where can I drop them off. I live in Scarborough Ontario canada
    please reply.

  • Doug

    I am also in Toronto and have some clothes I would like to donate. Please advise how I can get them to you.
    thanks

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  • Matt Jederski

    Hello, I’m based out of NYC and am trying to get down to Haiti to help out as soon as possible. Please pass along any information on getting down there or connecting with an organization once there, thanks!!
    Matt

  • http://www.twomen.com Beth King

    I have two moving companies in the greater Phoenix metro area. I would be happy to pick items up, or serve as a drop-off point.

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  • Ann Marie

    i have emailed Matador with my items i would be willing to donate. however, i too, am located in Jacksonville, NC. if you find out any info of where to donate, can you let me know? thanks.

  • Richard Deering

    I would like to volunteer. I have prior experience. Richard Deering 561-305-8941

  • iva

    Where?????

  • http://www.familianatural.org Laura Bernhein

    Please people, don’t send powdered infant formula to Haïti. Breast milk substitutions should never be part of general distribution list.

    Check out this important information of World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action: http://www.waba.org.my to see what we can do instead to help young babies and support their mothers.

    Health organizations already know this, but donations that are not coordinated by them can do more harm than good. Besides not being the healthier option for babies in an emergency, distributing breast milk substitutes gives infant formula companies the opportunity to get free advertisement and access to new markets.

    Thank you Julie and Matador for working on the Haiti Volunteer Project! Mucha fuerza!!

  • Charles Brown

    I am a firefighter/ paramedic in California looking for an aid organization to hook up with. I have a few friends that would love to assist in treating sick and injured people in Haiti. I know doctors without borders is already down there, but there simply isn’t enough medical help. Can we be of assistance to your cause??

    Charles Brown
    Firefighter/ Paramedic

    310-592-2262

  • http://www.irh.org IRH

    Thank you for all you are doing. However, please do not send infant formula. Infants and young children are particularly vulnerable to serious illness in emergency situations and feeding must be carefully carried out by mothers/caretakers. Because of the increased risk of diarrheal diseases and other infections, supporting breastfeeding is particularly important. In addition, the security and warmth provided by breastfeeding is crucial for both mothers and children in chaotic emergencies, such as an earthquake. The risks associated with bottle and formula feeding are dramatically increased due to poor hygiene, crowding and limited, often unclean water supplies. The role of breastfeeding is even more important in emergency situations where it may be the only sustainable, clean source of food for infants and young children. For these reasons, we strongly urge you not to distribute infant formula on Sunday to the earthquake victims in Haiti.

  • http://www.irh.org IRH

    Thank you for everything you are doing. However, please do not send infant formula. Infants and young children are particularly vulnerable to serious illness in emergency situations and feeding must be carefully carried out by mothers/caretakers. Because of the increased risk of diarrheal diseases and other infections, supporting breastfeeding is particularly important. In addition, the security and warmth provided by breastfeeding is crucial for both mothers and children in chaotic emergencies, such as an earthquake. The risks associated with bottle and formula feeding are dramatically increased due to poor hygiene, crowding and limited, often unclean water supplies. The role of breastfeeding is even more important in emergency situations where it may be the only sustainable, clean source of food for infants and young children. For these reasons, we strongly urge you not to distribute infant formula on Sunday to the earthquake victims in Haiti.

  • Ryan

    Greetings,
    I have brand new clothing I would like to donate. I am in southern california and need info on where to drop off this clothing. Any info would be well appreciated. Bless

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  • Carole

    Re. baby formula.

    Infant formula reconstituted with purified or bottled water will buy the babies time and save lives. It’s being requested by the Haitian government for use in an emergency.

    The suggestion not to donate formula is absolutely right for NON-emergencies.

    In a disaster situation, what if there is no breast, or the mother/wet nurse has no milk due to stress or malnutrition. She should watch her child starve?

  • ahaven

    I have collected clothes and blankets and first aid supplies…I live in Maine.. Is there a drop off site in my area?

  • Lauren

    The baby formula is urgently needed. I know of two rescue missions/orphanages that are desperately searching for more formula. These children will literally die if more formula isn’t sent soon. They do not have anyone who can nurse them.

    Also, there are many new orphans after the quake. These children are being taken in by the orphanages, but again, can not be breastfed.

    I am a huge supporter of breastfeeding, especially during an emergency. That said, there are times when a biological mother is not available to nurse her child. In that case, we must give formula to save the infants lives.

  • jasleen

    Hello
    I would like to help. I live in Jacksonville,FL. How can I donate clothes and other things that they would need. I appreciate if you can provide any contact here in Jacksonville.

  • Jill

    I am in southern California and would like to know if there is a drop-off location near me. Thank you!

  • Joy

    I am also in Southern CA our school has been collecting goods to send buy I am having really trouble finding a collection/drop off spot.
    Our Parents will not donate money but are bringing in tons of stuff.

    I know others have ask the same question.
    I am still struggling
    I don’t want to tell our families not to continue, but I need to send the stuff to someone.
    Has anyone found a Southern CA drop-off spot?

    Please let me know.

    I am desperate at this point.

    Thanks

  • http://www.familianatural.org Laura Bernhein

    I’d like to share the latest UNICEF call for support for appropriate infant and young child feeding in Haiti:
    http://www.unicef.org/media/media_52555.html

  • http://www.familianatural.org Laura Bernhein

    Just in case you don’t have time to read the very interesting link posted above, this is UNICEF’s conclusion about donating formula to Haiti. Please, donate money or other goods instead. Thank you!

    “In accordance with internationally accepted guidelines, donations of infant formula, bottles and teats and other powdered or liquid milk and milk products should not be made. Experience with past emergencies has shown an excessive quantity of products, which are poorly targeted, endangering infants’ lives. Any procurement of breast milk substitutes should be based on careful needs assessment and in coordination with UNICEF”

  • Jad

    Hey I’m looking for a clothing / perishables drop off in Toronto. Would you happen to know of any drop-off locations here?

  • Maria A.

    Have a bin full of baby boy clothing and adult clothing items as well. Would like to know where to drop off in the Jacksonville, NC area.

    thank you!!

  • TA O’Neal

    HAITI donated Items – For those of you interested in donating items to HAITI, you can ship items to the address below:

    Christian Mission to Haitian PeopleCMHP / LendYourHand.org
    P.E.Petuel DESCARDES, Minister
    Box 186 14 bis, Impasse du Silence
    Dexia 6, HT8110, Les Cayes, HAITI (W.I)

  • Haiti Group UK

    For more information, kindly send an email to haitigroupuk@london.com

  • viviana

    Great article by UNICEF!!! It further reinforces the danger of formula feeding, especially in resource poor environments, where no electricity can be used to sterilize water, teats, bottles, etc. It is also worth mentioning that 41 water bottles of 16 oz are needed to make enough formula for one child, for one week, not to mention the water needed to clean bottles and teats. This is when we truly know how essential it is to breastfeed and also how wasteful it is to formula feed. A fact that is strongly felt in a country with no clean water, no electricity, and relatively few bottled waters donated by the international community.

  • Michelle

    Hi, I have lots of kid clothes I can donate to help. Need to know where a drop off spot is, I’m located in antelope, California

  • Julie

    Hi, I have some Kids Cloths and baby cloths and Adults cloths and shoes I would like to Donate need to know where is a drop off location , I am located in Jacksonville,Florida

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  • Nina Binder

    Dear Team here,

    I have boxes of clothing and am trying to find a pick up service for the donations! I am uptown Manhattan on the west side, some of the clothing is bagged and I still need to come up with Boxes for those.

    Please contact me if you have any tips.

    I heard it is not so easy to get clothing to Haiti right now as they mostly need money and medicine and hygiene stuff an so on so if that is so then maybe someone else can benefit from it.

    All the best, Nina

  • Leslie

    My name is Leslie. This is my second attempt at emailing you. My coworkers and I have gotten together to donate the items on your list. I am located in Manhattan. I would like to know if you have a pick up service or if I can drop the boxes off. I can be reached at lpeak1018@aol.com
    Thank you

  • Collins Andanson

    OUR CORPORATE HAITI EARTHQUAKE RELIEF DONATION.

    Good Day Sir/Madam,

    We are a charity Home and we are looking for a God fearing man or woman that will help donate for the needy in Haiti because a lot of children out there are homeless, fatherless, and motherless they your help.

    They are many who generously donated to this, but that is not enough so if you are willing to support or help these children please contact the email address below. Individuals who wish to assist can make a financial contribution to the below email address.

    Contact here: sarahlaw15@yahoo.co.uk

    Thanks and God bless you.
    Andanson Charity Home
    Web: http://matadorchange.com/haiti-earthquake-update-donations-list

  • Ophelia

    where are we able to drop off the items?

  • http://www.electronicslab.ph Jam Reyes

    i have several relatives who were also vicitimized by the earthquake in Haiti. thank God that they were not seriously hurt. i hope and pray that Haiti would be able to recover soon from this disaster.

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  • Joshua Frame

    I WOULD LOVE TO DONATE ADULT CLOTHES IF THEY ARE STILL BEING ACCEPTED. PLEASE RESPOND

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  • harmony

    i have the whant to help the need to help is it to late

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