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Sports Stars, Public Pledge Aid to Haiti
January 15, 2010

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Monetary relief in the millions of dollars has been pledged to Haitian relief in the wake of the powerful earthquake that has devastated the capital, Port-au-Prince.

Major League Baseball and cycling's Lance Armstrong have pledged significant donations of money to the Haitian relief effort. The American public has also been extremely supportive.

Baseball has offered $1 million, which is being coordinated through UNICEF. (Read a statement from Commissioner Bud Selig.) At least a dozen major league baseball players are from Haiti; many more are from the neighboring Dominican Republic. Individual baseball teams are having fundraising activities to send money separately. The New York Yankees themselves are donating $500,000.

Armstrong donated $250,000 through his LiveStrong Foundation, with the money going to help Partners in Health and Doctors Without Borders.

Meanwhile, ordinary Americans are making a huge difference in donations. The Mobile Giving Foundation has reported donations of $10 million through its TXT campaign. Hip hop's Wyclef Jean, a Haiti native, has set a relief fund that is accessed by text message. The American Red Cross has done the same. Effective relief methods are being coordinated via many Facebook pages as well.

An estimated 3 million were affected by the quake. The International Red Cross fears that the death toll could be as high as 50,000.

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