How to shop for Haiti: a roundup
Other companies didn't have to be told twice -- they're sacrificing a cut of their profits up front. Whether you're planning to do some shopping this week, you can funnel your money towards shops and services that have pledged to help the devastated country.
Start by sprucing up your iPhone. At AppRelief, software developers have banded together to donate 100% of profits from a growing number of apps -- there's Skeeball and Balloon Boy -- to the Red Cross. If you're an iPhone-less gamer, check out the sites of one of the several video game companies turning their proceeds over to charity -- or play hooky this Wednesday or Thursday to stay home and play Halo all day. Halo's parent company, Bungie, will donate money based on how many players are online (all video game and Halo details here).
If you go gaga for the Lady herself, here's the perfect justification to grab tickets to her Radio City concert on Jan. 24 -- she's donating all cash from ticket sales to relief efforts. And if you're coming from out of town, book a Manhattan hotel room through Hotelspy, which will donate 100% of its profits through Feb. 28.
Last but not least: if you're itching to update your look, handbag designer extraordinaire Lauren Merkin will hand over 25% of your purchase to the Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders through Jan. 31. Or snap up a new scent for the new year -- Bond No. 9 will donate 10% of the sales from The Scent of Peace to the Red Cross. And if you're really looking to spend big -- check eBay next week for whatever Golden Globe gown caught your eye. A litany of stars like Meryl Streep and Amy Poehler will auction off their awards-wear on the site to benefit numerous charities.