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FRIDAY, JANUARY 22- MONDAY, iANUARY 5, 20i0 [|A /P| ['t C..,aINB" U[;;'" Donations Continued from page 59 Red Cross to help those hit by this natural disaster. Receipts can be printed at mGive.org/re- ceipt. The Red Cross is advising peo- ple who are trying to locate U.S. citizens living or traveling in Haiti to contact the US. Depart- ment of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, at 888-407- 4747 or 202-647-5225. The Red Cross is not currently accepting volunteers to travel to Haiti. Send donations by post to American Red Cross, 100 West 10th St., Suite 501, W'dmington, DE 19801, and mark "Haiti earth- quake relief" in the memo line. For more information, call 302- 6.56-6620 or visit redcross.org. IRS urges caution when donating money With recovery efforts under way, many people may wish to contribute to relief funds for the victims of Haiti's recent earth- quake. Contributions for Haitian earthquake victims may be tax deductible. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) also wants to remind peo- ple to ensure their donations are made to reputable organizations and not fall victim to fraudulent seams. Such fraudulent schemesl may be perpetrated through the tele- phone, internet, email or ir/-per- son solicitations. The IRS offers these tips for making charitable contributions: Contributions to domestic, tax-exempt, charitable orgahiza- tions that provide assistance to individuals in foreign lands qual- ify as tax-deductible contribu- tions for federal income ta pur- poses, provided the U.S. organi, zation has full control and dis- cretion over the uses of Such funds. ] Contributions to foreign r- ganizations generally are not ie- ductible. Contributions to I> 1e- fit specific individuals or fami- lies are also not deductible, i Contributions are deductible in the year made. To deduct any charitable donation of money, re- gardless of amount, a taxpayer must have a bank record i or a written communication from the charity showing the name Of the charity and the date and amount of the contribution. For individ- uals, only taxpayers who itemize their deductions on Form i1040 Schedule A can claim deductions for charitable contributions.i IlLS P.ublication 526, Charita- ble Contributions, provides in- formation on making contribu- tions to charities. IRS Publica- tion 3833, Disaster Relief: Provid- ing Assistance through Charita- ble Organizations, explains lhow the public can use charitable or- ganizations to help victims of disasters. Donors should ensure their contributions go to qualified charities. Taxpayers who have a specific charity in mind can make sure it's a qualified charity by doing a search on IRS.gov by inputting the term "Search for Charities" in the search feature. Some organizations, such as churches or governments, may be qualified even though they are not listed on IRS.gov. For additional information on charitable giving, go to IRS.gov. NAACP starts relief fund; text donations The NAACP Delaware State Conference of Branches has es- tablished the NAACP for Haiti Relief Fund. NAACP members and supporters who would like to make a donation may do so at naacp.org or text "HAITI" to 6222Z Giant Food collects donations at stores Giant Food of Landover, Md., and its sister supermarkets will donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross International Re- sponse Fund. Giant Food will collect donations in all stores and corporate offices for the vic- tims of the Haiti earthquake, on behalf of the American Red Cross International Response Fund, through Sunday, Jan. 31. GET  i I