Jeff Stanger of The Salvation Army warned to donor to be watchful for donation scams.

Jeff Stanger of The Salvation Army warned to donor to be watchful for donation scams.

In response to the recent earthquake in Haiti, Mayor Greg Ballard held a press conference Friday, Jan. 15, 2010 at the City County building pleading for residents of Indiana to give to those causes and reputable organizations trying to help in the disaster relief.

Jeff Stanger, Salvation Army Development Director, warned donors to be weary of scams posing as The Salvation Army.  “If you every have a question about someone claiming to be The Salvation Army, call me personally at 317-224-1029,” Stanger said.

Donating to The Salvation Army’s Disaster Service Relief is quick and easy. One hundred percent of every dollar donated to this relief will be given right back to those who need help. The best ways to give is by text messaging “HAITI” to 52000 to make a $10 donation or by clicking here.

The Salvation Army’s Director of Disaster Services in Port-au-Prince Bob Poff has been informing CNN and other media outlets that help is gravely needed. Poff has been in Port-au-Prince since April, but The Salvation Army has been working in the country since 1950 – building and operating churches, children’s homes, clinics, schools and a hospital.

In a letter Poff writes about the earthquake and what he’s witnessed. “Our truck was being tossed to and fro like a toy, and when it stopped, I looked out the windows to see buildings “pancaking” down, like I have never witnessed before. Traffic, of course, came to a stand-still, while thousands of people poured out into the streets, crying, carrying bloody bodies, looking for anyone who could help them.”