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Local community shakes up help for Haiti disaster
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Text Message Donations

Those wanting to make a financial contribution for earthquake relief efforts can now message their donation by texting:
• HAITI to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross
•  HAITI to 25383 to donate $5 to International Rescue Committee
• HAITI to 45678 to donate $5 to the Salvation Army in Canada
• YELE to 501501 to donate $5 to Yele
• RELIEF to 30644 to connect with the Catholic Relief Services to donate money with your credit card
• HAITI to 864833 to donate $5 to The United Way
• CERF to 90999 to donate $5 to The United Nations Foundation
• DISASTER to 90999 to donate $10 to Compassion International

Since Tuesday, when nature rocked the ground beneath the people of Haiti, local community members have come together to raise money to help the victims of the 7.0 earthquake.
Most of the efforts are coming through the local churches in Turlock and the Stanislaus County chapter of the American Red Cross.
“There have been a lot of people coming in to join Red Cross to help out,” said Debbie Calcote, Stanislaus County Red Cross Emergency Services manager. “Sadly, it takes a catastrophe for people to come out.”
The Stanislaus County American Red Cross has been accepting donations since the Tuesday shake, but won’t have final numbers of how much they have raised until Jan. 19, Calcote said. They are currently working on new fundraising projects to get more donations.
As of right now, the local Red Cross is not looking for anyone to deploy to Haiti to help with the rebuilding of the destroyed country, she said. They are only accepting donations.  
“More people have been coming in to go to Haiti and help rather than donating money,” Calcote said.  
Churches throughout the Turlock area also have plans to send financial help to the estimated three million people in Haiti who are in need of aid through special collections during Sunday masses and services.
Under the Diocese of Stockton, there are 34 parishes that plan on having special collections after their Sunday masses for the next two weeks throughout San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Alpine and Mono counties, said Michelle Romano, executive assistant for the office of the bishop.
After two weeks of special collections, the Diocese of Stockton plans to send the money to the Catholic Relief Services for the Haiti Disaster Relief, Romano said. Also, they will be having a special collection within their Church for Latin America, where a portion of the special collection will go to the Haiti Disaster Relief.
New Life Christian Church is also accepting donations at their Sunday services —  at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. — to donate to the Haiti victims, said Jackie Lawrence, New Life administrative assistant.
Monte Vista Chapel and the Turlock Covenant Church are also accepting donations to help those affected by the quake.
Those who want to help with the Haiti disaster can donate to the Stanislaus County Red Cross or any of the churches listed above.
A number of relief organizations have also made it even easier to give to relief efforts by offering text messaging donations.  So far, people throughout the United States have raised over $10 million as of Friday just by text messaging, announced Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
To contact Maegan Martens, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2015.