On Thursday from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., Chicago broadcasters - television and radio stations - will ask their respective listeners and viewers to help aid the victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti.
Last Tuesday, a 7.0 magnitude quake hit the Caribbean nation killing thousands of people, knocking out power, and flattening buildings. It was the first earthquake of that magnitude to hit Haiti in more than several generations.
Titled The Chicago Helps Haiti Relief Drive, almost all of Chicago's television and radio stations are participating in the all-day public service announcement-effort, helped by the Red Cross. The spots will urge viewers to call 1-877-565-5100 to make donations for earthquake relief.
If you can't wait until then, you can help right now by texting "Haiti" to 90999, in which an automatic $10 donation will be added to your phone bill and sent directly to the Red Cross.
In addition, The Chicago Helps Haiti Relief Drive will have a visible presence on Facebook and Twitter.