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Local Red Cross Chapter Seeking Donations For Earthquake Victims

Last updated on Thursday, January 14, 2010

(UNDATED) - The American Red Cross has raised $1 million to assist communities affected the earthquake in Haiti.

Cherie Afanador, Executive Director of the Hoosier Hills Chapter of Red Cross states, "this is a tragedy of epic proportions, and the American people have responded quickly and generously."

In its first day of operation, the American Red Cross raised $1 million for the disaster relief efforts through its $10 text message donation initiative.

To donate through the program, cell phone users can text 90999, and $10 will be charged to their phone bill to be donated to the International Red Cross Disaster Relief.

The organization has staff on the ground in Haiti and is giving away all of it's relief supplies from its warehouse in Panama, which can provide basic needs for 5,000 families.

For more information, or to make a financial donation, contact the American Red Cross Hoosier Hills Chapter, 2119 29th Street, Bedford, (812) 275-5162 or toll-free 1-866-599-9951.

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