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Mobile phone users donate more than $10 million to Haiti


News by Todd Haselton on Friday January 15, 2010.

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According to the Mobile Giving Foundation, which helps wireless subscribers donate to causes around the world using text messages, over $10 million has been donated to efforts in Haiti. The Red Cross alone says that $8 million of the $37 million it has received in donations so far have come from mobile phones.

In a report with Reuters, Mobile Giving Foundation CEO Jim Manis said that people are sending 10,000 donations a second using SMS to foundations such as the Red Cross and Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund. If you choose to give to either fund, you will be billed at the end of the month on your account, and the four big U.S. Carriers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless are waiving the SMS fees for texts.

To donate $10 to the Red Cross text 90999 to "Haiti" and to give $5 to Wyclef Jean's fund, text 501501 to "Yele."

 

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