Paste Magazine has launched a new website -- "Songs for Haiti" -- to help with relief efforts in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. It's pretty cool -- in exchange for your donation, you get access to a bunch of free songs, many of which are unreleased/rare tracks provided by the artists specifically for the site. There's a lot of good stuff on there, including tracks from Bill Mallonee, Sandra McCracken, Switchfoot, and Derek Webb, just to name a few. You can donate directly through Paste, which will split gifts between a few charities, including the Red Cross. But you can also donate to the charity of your choice and get access to the same songs (on the honor system, of course). Very nice.
One great charity to support is Compassion International, a Christian organization which aids impoverished children all over the world. They've been in Haiti for over 40 years and their program there has over 64,000 children enrolled. Communication with the various outreach centers in Haiti has been greatly hindered, but there are already reports of fatalities and injuries among the program's children and staff workers. These reports will undoubtedly increase in the coming days. There is a great need for aid to help Compassion in Haiti, both to provide humanitarian aid in the short term, as well as to rebuild their long term program. Any amount will help.