12:30am (1/13/2010) You can text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross relief for Haiti.
6:20 pm The American Red Cross is pledging an initial $200,000 to assist communities impacted by this earthquake, and is prepared to take further action as local responders assess the situation. As with most earthquakes, we expect to see immediate needs for food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support.
The American Red Cross is accepting donations through our International Response Fund.
The absolute wrong way to respond to the earthquake in Haiti (fast forward to 6:00):
If you don't want to cede 60 seconds of your life to Pat Robertson--completely understandable!--the short version is Haitians swore a pact to the devil so that's why they keep getting their asses kicked by natural disasters. Seriously, Pat, STFU already.
Note 1: Video from Pam's House Blend.
Note 2: Verizon apparently isn't participating in the Red Cross' texting donations campaign--thanks, Verizon--but you can still go online to make a donation to the International Response Fund, and possibly drop some coins into several of the other buckets they have set up for your local chapter and deployed military while you're there.