Parkites reaching out to Haiti |

Parkites reaching out to Haiti

by Andrew Kirk, of The Record staff

Many Park City area nonprofits and churches are calling on members to donate this week to relief organizations – some of which were already in Haiti giving aid to the impoverished nation before the massive earthquake. Here is a partial list.

The Red Cross

The Utah spokesperson for The Red Cross, Susan Thomas, released statements on Wednesday saying no one from Utah was in country assisting efforts yet, but suggested numerous methods of donation.

She said the easiest way to give is to text "HAITI" to "90999" and a donation of $10 will be given to the American Red Cross. Larger gifts can be made to the International Relief Fund by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or online at

Groups that want to raise money can contact Neva Baker at 801-323-7003.

People concerned for a U.S. citizen living or traveling in Haiti can call the U.S. Department of State at 1-888-407-4747, she said.

People worried about family in Haiti can use a linking Web site, enabling persons in Haiti and abroad to search for and register the names of relatives missing since the earthquake:

LDS Church

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement Wednesday saying all missionaries in the country are safe and that it is "immediately shipping humanitarian relief, including personal hygiene kits and supplies for newborns."

It is welcoming donations for relief efforts at

Catholic Church

Father Bob Bussen of Park City’s St. Mary’s Catholic Church said he’s received instructions from his Diocese to take up an emergency collection this weekend.

The money will all be forwarded to Catholic Relief Services, so anyone can make a donation at any time by sending money to the parish with a note requesting it go to Haiti relief.

"It goes to work right away," he said. "We’ll make sure it gets there."

The address is:

  • St. Mary’s
  • P.O. Box 669
  • Park City, UT 84060

    St. John’s Anglican

    Father Darin Lovelace of St. John’s Anglican Church in Park City said that the Interfaith Council is encouraging people to support aid organizations already on the ground with immediate needs. The church suggests the following organizations:

  • World Vision
  • Samaritan’s Purse
  • American Red Cross
  • Doctors Without Borders
  • Anglican Relief and Development
  • CARE
  • Catholic Relief Services

    Links to all seven can be found at:

    Park City Community Church

    Pastor Bob Kaylor sent an email to members of his congregation this morning that included the following:

    "Brian Diggs, director of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Depot in Salt Lake City, says that there are three UMCOR workers in Haiti who have not been heard from since the disaster. I hope that you will make this a matter of fervent prayer today and in the coming days."

    He also said that 100 percent of every dollar donated to disaster relief with UMCOR is used for that purpose. He’s directing people to

    Attendees will also have an opportunity to donate to relief efforts Sunday morning, the email said.

    Shepherd of the Mountains

    Bill Dwyer with the Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church said they are encouraging people to contribute directly to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America’s Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund (see

    "The ELCA, through the Lutheran World Federation, is already responding to the needs of survivors in Haiti. The LWF offices and staff were already on the island and were spared in the earthquake, making it possible to begin work immediately," he said via email. "ELCA Disaster Response has authorized $250,000 for immediate relief assistance in Haiti, with the possibility for an additional $500,000 as the full scope of this disaster continues to become clear. 100 percent of donations will go to providing life-sustaining help for those needing assistance in Haiti."

    Check or money orders sent to:

  • ELCA Int’l Disaster Response
  • Attn: Haiti Earthquake Relief
  • P.O. Box 71764
  • Chicago, IL 60694-1764

    Write "Haiti Earthquake Relief" on your check’s memo line. To donate by credit card call 800-638-3522 or at Credit card contributions may also be made via mail.

    St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

    Park City’s St. Luke’s Episcopal Church forwarded the following message from Presiding Bishop The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori originated by Episcopal Relief & Development:

    "I urge your concrete and immediate prayers in the form of contributions to Episcopal Relief & Development, who are already working with the Diocese of Haiti to send aid where it is most needed. Urgently – without a moment’s delay – Episcopal Relief & Development needs your help to respond to this catastrophic earthquake."

    The message linked to the following Web site:


    Christian Center of Park City

    Tim Dahlin at the Christian Center said via email, "There are many ways people can respond to the earthquake crisis. Some would and should want to help support the humanitarian efforts of the LDS Church because they are local friends and neighbors doing the work, and the supplies are coming from our own state and right here in Salt Lake City. I commend the LDS Church in their speedy response to meet human needs whenever they occur around the world! Others may wish to support Red Cross efforts, World Vision, International Aid, or local support agencies of their choosing. The important thing is that we ACT and do something!"

    Temple Har Shalom

    Temple Har Shalom is pointing people to the Web site for the Union of Reform Judaism at There is a link at the site allowing on-line donations. Temple staff also said money can be mailed to:

  • Union for Reform Judaism
  • Attention: Development
  • 633 Third Avenue 7th Floor
  • New York, NY 10017

    Other international relief organizations

  • Direct Relief:
  • Save the Children:
  • Mercycorps:
  • Doctors Without Borders:
  • Americares:
  • International Relief Teams:
  • World Hope International:
  • Oxfam:
  • Mennonite Central Committee:

    Beware of charity scams

    The Utah Department of Commerce’s Consumer Protection asks Utahns to check charities before donating.

    A press release from public information officer Jennifer Bolton, said, "The Division recently sent a warning letter to an unregistered charity in Utah who is reportedly soliciting donations on behalf of Haitian earthquake victims without a permit. Charities or non-profits who solicit donations in Utah must be registered with the Division of Consumer Protection according to the Utah Charitable Solicitations Act."

    The Division of Consumer Protection offers the following tips to help consumers avoid charity scams:

  • 1. Do not reply to unsolicited e-mail (SPAM) messages and do not click on any links within unknown emails.
  • 2. Be wary of people claiming to be officials who are asking for e-mail donations.
  • 3. Only open email attachments from people you know. Attachments may contain viruses that can impair your computer.
  • 4. Never give out personal or financial information over the phone or through an email which could result in identity theft.

    For a complete list of registered charities, visit or log on to:

  • Charity Navigator:
  • Better Business Bureau Giving Alliance:

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