How can you help Haiti? It takes less than a dollar and you too can contribute by simply visiting The Red Cross’s website.

On Tuesday, January 12, 2010, at approximately 4:53 PM Caribbean Time, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit the country of Haiti and decimated the city of Port Au Prince. The devastation has shaken the world as images and stories coming out of Haiti grip us all. What’s been amazing is a number of people that are coming together all over the world to send aid, money, items and whatever else is needed to the people of Haiti.

We, at Monterey, were catching up on the news coming out of Haiti, when on Twitter we read one of @AlyssaMilano’s posts. Alyssa was asking everyone who could to donate to the Red Cross in order to support them in helping the people of Haiti. So we did. With no hesitation. Paul said, “I really like the Twitter community as it seems to really pull together to help others as a group and I really sense the pride with all the Tweeps.”

The reason we didn’t hesitate to donate money to the Red Cross is because the American Red Cross, founded in 1881, is the nations premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement, the Red Cross offers neutral help to victims of war as well as to victims of natural disasters all over the world. They have always worked tirelessly to bring aid to those who need it and we feel that donations made here will go towards the highest benefit of the Haitian people.  For every dollar sent to the American Red Cross, .92 cents of that dollar goes towards direct aid.  And that’s simply awesome!

As of January 19th, there are more than 400 Red Cross members from all over the world in Haiti, assisted by thousands of volunteers. Workers and volunteers have been working tirelessly since last week to attend to injuries, triage people for surgery to the few medical facilities set up, bringing in medical supplies, tarps, blankets, hygiene items, buckets, shelter supplies and kitchen sets. There is much to be done and any way that you can help would make a tremendous difference in their efforts. Visit the Red Cross website today to see what you can do.