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How to help

To make a donation, call one of the following organizations:

American Red Cross

— Call the Manatee Red Cross headquarters at (941) 792-8686, visit the office at 2905 59th St. W. or log on to Donors may give to an international response fund or specify funds for the Haitian relief effort. Cell-phone users also may text the word “HAITI” to 90999 to give $10 to Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.

The Salvation Army

— Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or the local chapter at (941) 748-5110, or visit

Catholic Charities

— Call (941) 488-5581 to make a financial donation.

ShelterBox USA

— Donors may call (941) 907-6036 or go to

Also, Bishop Frank DeWane of the Catholic Diocese of Venice announced there would be special collections at each Mass in the diocese this weekend for people to contribute to relief efforts.