Americans Give Record $3 Million Via Text Messages for Haiti Earthquake Relief
%%DynaPub-Enhancement class="enhancement contentType-HTML Content fragmentId-1 payloadId-61603 alignment-right size-small"%%Wednesday's record far exceeds the previous single-day mobile giving benchmarks of $200,000 in December 2004 during the Indian Ocean tsunami crisis, and $400,000 in August 2005, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, said Nelson. And Thursday is looking like it will top Wednesday's mobile giving record.
Shortly after the once-in-a-lifetime, 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti, the wireless carriersbegan working with the Red Cross and other aid groups to allow charitable giving via wireless phones. The carriers are also working with the Clinton Foundation's Haiti Relief Fund and Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund.
Verizon Exploring How To Expedite Donations
Donations are added to each customer's wireless bill. That means that most users won't actually be sending the money until they pay their next bill. That's why Verizon Wireless is working on advancing the money to the disaster zone as soon as possible. "We understand the need to get this money into the pipeline ASAP and we're looking at ways to do that internally," said Nelson. "People want to give now, and the money needs to get there as soon as possible."
Verizon Wireless customers can support the Red Cross relief effort by texting HAITI to 90999 and following the instructions to donate $10. To donate $10 to the Clinton Foundation, text HAITI to 20222 and to give $5 to Wyclef Jean's Yele fund, text YELE to 50150.
This story was updated to include other wireless carriers involvement in the mobile giving campaigns.