Rendell asks Pennsylvanians to donate to earthquake relief efforts

    Governor Rendell is urging Pennsylvania residents to contribute to Haitain relief efforts.

    Governor Ed Rendell is urging Pennsylvania residents to contribute to Haitian relief efforts.

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    Rendell is challenging Pennsylvanians to donate to the Red Cross, or to text the word “HAITI” to the number 90999. That automatically adds ten dollars to your phone bill, and the money goes to relief efforts.

    Rendell: What Haiti needs right now is cash. Cash that relief organizations can turn into product immediately. So I’d urge all Pennsylvanians to consider contributing.

    Attorney General Tom Corbett is urging people to be careful when making donations, warning scam artists often take advantage of major disasters in order to con people into contributing money to fake charities.

    A Corbett spokesman says it’s important to research the operation you’re donating to.

    One way to do that is to see whether it’s registered on the Pennsylvania Department of State’s list of legitimate charities.

    The Pennsylvania National Guard doesn’t have any plans to assist in relief efforts yet, but Rendell says he’s asked Major General Jessica Wright to monitor requests for help.

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