Originally posted over at BVHairTalk.com.

I must be honest — it’s difficult writing about hair care and beauty products at a time like this, when thousands upon thousands are suffering in Haiti right now. But good news from the world of hair and beauty — some very charitable companies have stepped forward to give support to our brothers and sisters in Haiti, just as they need it most.


Every donation to Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti organization that is made through Karen’s Body Beautiful will be matched by the company. Also, KBB is sending products directly to Haiti. Click here to visit Karen’s Body Beautiful, and click here to go straight to the donation page.


Super fly jewelry designer Camille Peace of Peace Images will be donating a percentage of all her proceeds this week to Yele Haiti. Click here for details, and click here to visit her Etsy store. Her loc chains are gorgeous!


Sarah, designer of hair accessories line Sarenzo Beads, will be donating 20% of every sale that uses the word Haiti at checkout. Click here for details, and click here to visit her web store.

If you know of another business that is legitimately donating funds to Haiti, please let me know in the comments below. Our hearts go out to Haiti at this time of unbelievable tragedy.

With every news report, with every wretched photograph or dire update on social media, my heart goes out to Haitian people suffering in Port au Prince and those relatives and friends around the world who are desperate with worry for their loved ones. I keep thinking of David Rudder’s classic calypso, written so long ago, but so poignant today.

Haiti, we’re sorry.

Have you donated money? Clothes? Canned goods? If you’ve done something to help the situation in Haiti today, please tell me in the comments below.

If you know of another business that is legitimately donating funds to Haiti, please let me know in the comments below. Our hearts go out to Haiti at this time of unbelievable tragedy.


Kami says:
January 15, 2010, 3:32 am
Hey Bella Thanks again for your efforts-- they certainly are not passing by unnoticed. I am a Haitian woman living in Los Angeles. I have donated to the Red Cross. I posted flyers around my neighborhood on how people can make donations. Ive collaborated with the president at my university and they will donate $5000 in addition to matching any donation that faculty, staff, or students make. I'm doing all I can and keep brainstorming new ways to help my Haiti recover. Thank you again for being oh-so fabulous! And thanks to everyone that is helping Haiti.
BSQUARED86 says:
January 15, 2010, 5:37 am
I donated $$ to Yele.org, through the website.
goldenstar says:
January 15, 2010, 10:55 am
I bought a T-shirt for a friend from The Selfish Seamstress blog. She has a Zazzle shop w/ bags, shirts, and cups sporting her satiric haikus. She is donating all of her funds to Red Cross for Haiti and that will be matched by Salesforce.com Then she is matching up to $200. I will also donate to Yele. Wyclef is on the ground now. My heart is w/ my Haitian brothers and sisters. They are resilient and they need the help and support to overcome this devastation.
jessica says:
January 15, 2010, 1:03 pm
i donated $10 to the red cross via the 90999 text message. i couldn't go to sleep that night until i did so. it was super easy, you text HAITI, they text you back a confirmation, and you respond with YES.
HaitianRoots says:
January 15, 2010, 1:20 pm
Thanks again Bella for these posts! For anyone who has a paypal account you can donate to the Haitian Crisis Relief Fund at Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti (1227 Dodge Ave, Evanston, IL 60202) or go to www.haitiancongress.org And please, continue to pray for the country and that families will be reconciled and that order will be maintained in the midst of this peril.
Aisha says:
January 15, 2010, 1:29 pm
I donated money through Yele. Thanks for putting up the links.
professor says:
January 15, 2010, 1:36 pm
$5.00: Yele $20.00: Red Cross (Because I support my President, but I'm still looking at the Red Cross with a side-eye, given the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the misappropriation -- some might say "theft" -- of funds) $100.00: Partners in Health www.pih.org (recommended on The Rachel Maddow Show; Haitians make up the bulk of the health care providers and have been in Haiti for years, serving the poorest) MORE TO COME.
The BeautyXchange says:
January 15, 2010, 11:53 am
My husband and I have donated to Doctors without Borders as well as Yele Haiti. We plan on doing anything we can to continue to assist. I still can't believe this is happening, it's truly too much to bear.
ichoosethesun says:
January 15, 2010, 2:41 pm
Here's another site (natural hair blogger)that's supporting Haiti through hair products: http://missnaturale.blogspot.com/2010/01/special-any-two-for-20-donation-to.html
echoparkgal says:
January 15, 2010, 3:41 pm
Bellas in Los Angeles, if you get a chance to - please stop by Ti Georges' Restaurant in Echo Park on Saturday. He is having an all day fundraising effort for Haiti - and you can dine on wonderful food and drink George's Haitian grown coffee. I went yesterday - it was packed - but people contributed $14k in one day! http://www.tigeorgeschicken.com LA Times article about George: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/dailydish/2010/01/tigeorges-haitian-chicken-hosting-relief-effort-tomorrow-night.html
Sheena says:
January 15, 2010, 3:26 pm
This is wonderful. So far, I've donated to the Red Cross, Yele and this weekend I will probably donate to Doctors Without Borders. I also need to find a local drop off station to start donating some clothing. I've also heard of a bake sale next weekend in my city (Chicago) where the funds will be donated to Haiti, so I am planning on stopping in there.
Sannatti says:
January 15, 2010, 6:54 pm
Rudder's apology is so heartfelt. Several other songs speak to the theme of unity, and brotherhood that are apt in rallying us in the Caribbean to respond to this tragedy. Right now *We Need More Love* by Gypsy is my head worm http://tinyurl.com/ykxa5ms Interestingly enough Haiti was recently included in CARICOM and the annual CARICOM summit was to be in Port-au-Prince in July this year. :-/ Nevertheless, I am heartened that the Caribbean is beginning to mobilise and coordinate its resources, medical, military, monetary etc to play its part in the relief efforts for Haitians. I've been texting 'HELP' ON MY Digicel PHONE today to 5151 Each text cost $1.00. 100% go to HELP HAITI NOW relief fund. My husband also plans to give BDS$100 (US $50.00) tomorrow to the One Caribbean Media radiothon appeal http://tinyurl.com/ygv275o I also came across this site http://www.soles4souls.org/ requesting gently worn larger and wider size women's sneakers and durable sandals and any children's shoes in particular be sent to: Soles4Souls 315 Airport Road Roanoke, AL 36274 Keith Woodley, CDO Soles4Souls, Inc. www.giveshoes.org 615.391.5723 office I am also reading that questions marks are raised over use of funds by Yele. Anyone seen this article at Smokin Gun? http://tinyurl.com/yfhnqs8 Didn't intend to be so long winded.
Tahitian Moon says:
January 16, 2010, 9:32 am
Bella, I appreciate the writing on Haiti. I donated to Doctors without Borders, but I'd like to give more. Thanks for writing (and posting that song)
HaitianRoots says:
January 16, 2010, 2:08 pm
My church, 1st Evangelical Haitian Baptist Church in Evanston (1309 Elmwood) is collecting ziploc bags of toiletries (toothpaste/brushes, soap, deoderant, feminine products, etc.)We are also in desperate need for medical care bags. So if you are moved to do these bags filled with: Bandages, Anti-biotics, pain relievers, and other first aid items, please do so instead/ or alongside the bags of toiletries. Thanks. You can drop off donations tomorrow, Sunday from 9- 11 am or 1 - 2 pm. If you have any questions please email me at farahclaude@yahoo.com. We have two Missionaries who will be going on a medical mission trip in the next week and we would love to be able to have items for them to pack and send. I am also working with other relief efforts and will keep you posted. Thanks to everyone who has been trying to help.
Calming says:
January 16, 2010, 2:27 pm
Thank you for this post Bella. My dad is from Haiti and this has been a bit of a week for our family. I am so amazed and honored to see people pull together so quickly for a country that was once forgotten. We are all so blessed and it is a blessing that people are reaching out and helping. xo, CC
winnie says:
January 16, 2010, 4:31 pm
I gave to Doctors without Borders and the Red Cross. I'm wary of Yele.
JenG says:
January 16, 2010, 5:16 pm
I don't have money to donate because I just lost my job, but I can donate clothes. If anyone know of a drop off site in NC I would love to know where to donate these items.
Marilise says:
January 17, 2010, 11:35 am
Thanks for the sweet shout-out to my country, Afrobella. It means a lot. I've donated so far to Red Cross and Yele Haiti, and will donate more very soon. Keep up the great work as always! <3
Sannatti says:
January 17, 2010, 7:25 pm
Hey 'bella. This is a link for Tru Shots Photography fundraiser for the people of Haiti.50% of costs from either fine art prints or photo shoots will be donated to the Red Cross. Check it out!! http://blog.trushots.com/2010/01/supporting-haiti.html
Dad says:
January 17, 2010, 10:28 pm
Our entire family has been traumatised by this tragedy and one can indeed wonder,'' how much more can one country withstand''. It really makes you wonder about life and living. Things can change so dramatically and suddenly in the blink of an eye. There are lessons for all of us. We will be donating through Rotary, Red Cross and our local telephone company. Haiti, we are so sorry.
Lady Kinnks says:
January 21, 2010, 11:23 pm
I love David Rudder! Besides donating my own money, Kinnks.com is donating $5 to the Red Cross for every shirt sold! It is so good to hear everyone doing their part to make an impact!
Miss Journey says:
January 21, 2010, 11:58 pm
I'm happy about organizations who are matching donations. Like many others, I donated through texts to both yele and the Red Cross. I also wrote a few blog posts to hopefully further spread the word and encourage others to give as well. There are so many efforts and soo much need that I definitely plan to do more, and I hope everyone does at least one thing to help. I appreciate this post. I'm going to check out the David Rudder song. :-)
January 24, 2010, 11:02 am
Donated food, clothes, and money to my local Red Cross!
savvybrown says:
January 31, 2010, 3:03 am
Thank you so much for posting this! I will be sure to forward the info on my blog as well to get the word out!
Ricochet says:
February 1, 2010, 1:12 am
I donated money to Haiti through Yele.org and through my church. I also posted a video on my youtube channel to help spread the word on the urgency of the situation.
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