Stay for free in a New York Hostel and help donate to the Haiti earthquake appeal

Haiti Earthquake Appeal

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Unless you’ve been on a different planet for the past couple of weeks, there’s a good chance that you will have heard all about the terrible earthquake that struck the island of Haiti.

The country is now amid a humanitarian crisis and in desperate need of aid. Governments across the world have been quick to pledge their support and come up with ways for people to make donations. Special relief hotlines and websites have been set up; sports teams are donating match program fees to the cause and soon there’ll be a Haiti charity single, courtesy of pop guru, Simon Cowell.

One way you can make a difference right now is by staying in a hostel in one of the biggest and best cities in the world, for free!

The owners of the Greene Avenue hostel in New York are offering guests free accommodation in all their rooms in exchange for a donation that will be forwarded on to the Haiti relief effort.

Upon check-in, guests will be asked to donate the balance of the room (less the deposit) to one of three charities involved in the relief campaign; the Red Cross, Yele and the International Rescue Committee.

Interested? You should be! Greene Avenue is conveniently situated by Tompkins Park in Brooklyn, just a short metro journey from Manhattan and New York’s major attractions.

The hostel offers free Wi-Fi internet access, a flat-screen TV with HBO and a Nintendo Wii, and a friendly atmosphere where you will get the opportunity to meet new people from across the world.

Young, vibrant and friendly, Greene Avenue is a good budget accommodation option in New York; however, you shouldn’t just take our word for it. Several travelers have left feedback on the property on our website. Here’s what a couple of guests thought:

Being in this hostel I think as if I’m in my home. All managers and people around are kind. It’s also a place to make friends with ones who come here. They behave to person warmly. In short it’s just a great & wonderful to spend the time here. Dear guests or patrons who are going to stay in New York have a visit to HostelBookers because it’s very cheap & the best choice!

– Ayubjon Sanginov, September 15 2009

We were two girls in our mid 30’s who stopped there for 6 nights. We took the private room which was absolutely perfect for our stay. The room was clean. Bed linen clean. Bathroom facilities on every floor. Cupboards in rooms for you to store your stuff (take a lock). Sometimes a little noisy at night with peoples body clocks being out of sync. Subway a 5 minute walk. Would definitely stop there again if ever back in New York.

– Emma Healy, 15 December 2008

So, what are you waiting for? Book a top hostel in one of the world’s greatest city’s for free and help the Haiti relief effort at the same time.

Green Avenue hostel are running this offer until the end of February.

For more information on how to make a contribution to help Haiti and where your money will be going, visit the DEC Haiti appeal website.

Thanks to ChrisM70 and US Coast Guard Auxiliary for the flickr images.

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