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Gov. Recommends Ways for Mainers to Help Efforts in Haiti 

Governor Baldacci says there’s been an outpouring of support from Mainers wishing to help the people of Haiti. He and other officials in Augusta gathered Thursday to talk about the best way to assist earthquake recovery efforts. The governor says if you want to help, the best way to do that is to make a donation through a trusted relief organization. The state recommends both the American Red Cross and USAID. He warns that many fraudulent groups posing as charity organizations spring up to take advantage of people at these times.Baldacci says recovery efforts in Haiti currently are not set up to handle donations of supplies or to accommodate volunteers.”Right now they’re telling us they need to have financial resources dedicated to the American Red Cross and USAID efforts. At the same time, Maine people, if they want to do something active and helpful, can donate blood to the American Red Cross,” he says.He says, “Maine stands as one with those struggling to survive in Haiti.”Links:The American Red Cross donation page for Haiti relief and development.USAID responds to Haitian earthquake.The state also has a page dedicated to Haiti earthquake humanitarian emergency resources.