By Mark Memmott

"We need help," former president Bill Clinton said this morning as he repeated his call on Americans to do what they can to help the people from Haiti recover from Tuesday's devastating earthquake.

"The most important thing all the rest of us can do is give even small amounts of cash for food, medicine, water and for shelter," he said. Such donations, he added, "immediately convert into medicine, food and water."

Clinton went on some of the morning TV news shows to make his case. Here's his conversation with CBS News' Harry Smith on The Early Show:

The former president pointed to the page on his foundation's website where donations are being collected, and noted that by texting "HAITI" to 20222 you can have $10 added to your cell phone bill and the money will go to relief efforts.

Reminder: We have links here to many of the aid groups that are working in Haiti.

For more of NPR's coverage of the crisis in Haiti, click here.

categories: Accidents and Disasters, Foreign News

9:57 - January 15, 2010