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Haiti quake relief: Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt rally behind Wyclef Jean to help; Twitter roster grows

January 13, 2010 | 12:27 pm

Three in haiti Wyclef Jean -- after encouraging support for Haiti on Tuesday via CNN and Twitter -- is now in his earthquake-stricken homeland, "focusing on family, Yele staff and response." (The Yele Haiti Foundation, his charity, was established in 2005.)

Last night we brought you a breaking list of celebrities who were speaking out on Twitter -- and while Ministry slept, even more expressed their concern.

Adam Lambert issued a sincere plea to give even the smallest amount to UNICEF; Lindsay Lohan gave Yele a shout-out (though the State Department number she gave is for families to get information, not for donations), and Wil Wheaton was back with a timely reminder to watch out for scammers. Alyssa Milano was also back this morning with informed sympathy and a plea to text donations to Yele.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who've helped the people of Haiti in the past, issued a statement Tuesday night:

“We are devastated by the news from Haiti. We will work closely with our good friend Wyclef Jean to support the humanitarian efforts on the island and help those who have been injured and left without homes and shelter.” (Unrelated but interesting, Pitt and Jolie aren't likely to be at the Golden Globes on Sunday.)

President Obama spoke this morning, describing a plan to mobilize rescue efforts and work with organizations already on the ground in Haiti, and the White House offered instructions on how to donate to the Red Cross via text message.

The main charities celebs are backing, other than Yele, include Artists for Peace and Justice, UNICEF and the Red Cross. The FBI is also warning people to watch out for fraud.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Angelina Jolie and Wyclef Jean, lifting a little girl, aren't new to helping Haitians -- this is a shot of them in Port-au-Prince on Jan. 13, 2006, celebrating his charity's first anniversary. Credit: Brennan Leslie / Associated Press.

Related quake dispatch from the Ministry of Gossip: 

Earthquake in Haiti: celebrities and fans respond on Twitter

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