This morning, a friend forwarded to me some information I thought worth sharing:
Collectively, as Mobile/Technology are a core part of what we all do I thought I would reach out in case you’re wondering how to show support for the the citizens of Haiti during this horrendous tragedy. There are many great organizations where you can donate supplies, clothing and money for the relief efforts. Probably the best way right now is cash since it’s the easiest transfer into immediate results. The U.S. State Department, in conjunction with the Red Cross, has created the Text Haiti campaign to quickly garner support using mobile as the enabler.
Just text the word “Haiti” to 90999 to have $10 donated directly from your cell phone bill to the Red Cross.
It’s that simple.
Please feel free to forward to your friends, colleagues and extended network as time is of the essence. Show the citizens of Haiti, and the world, how technology can be harnessed to come to their aid in the most effective manner possible.
As of an hour ago, the major wireless carriers have drummed up over $4 million in donations already. According to MSNBC, both Verizon and T-Mobile decided right from the get-go not to charge users for these texts; AT&T then followed suit (better late than never), and Sprint (no surprise!) has yet to waive the SMS charge incurred by those who donate and are not signed up for a bulk SMS plan.
For more info on this mobile giving campaign, go to the MGive Site