With the news about the earthquake that devastated Haiti, there is a onslaught of generosity.
Before you donate money, make sure that it is a reputable organization. Sadly, as with most recent disasters people have been scammed and their contribution does not make it to the country in need. To check if your charity is a legitimate one please check out this website.
Check with the local offices to see if they are collecting food and clothes. The Red Cross in Chicago is requesting financial donations as it costs them time and money to sort and send clothes. Also, they like to stimulate the local economy by purchasing items there.
Check if your company is offering matching donations to maximise your donation.
Some other relief and charities organizations that are collecting are
Doctors without Boarders
Habitat for Humanity
Save the Children
World Food Program
Check to see what they are looking for (although most are seeking financial donations)
You can also text "Haiti" to 90999 to donate $10 to the International Response Fund of the Red Cross.