The Loudmouth Protestant

January 13, 2010

Texting for Haiti

Filed under: life,recent news — nickisym @ 2:47 pm
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As we all turn our thoughts and prayers toward the people of Haiti, I also wanted to point out that donating to the disaster relief fund for Haiti is so painfully easy that there shouldn’t be anyone who doesn’t give today and within the next few days. Considering we are all so synced up to our cell phones and we spend much of our time texting, BBMing, Tweeting and updating our Facebook status, I am asking that as many that would, would do the following:

Make good use of your phone, FB status and Twitter account for Haiti today by doing the following: Donate to the Red Cross via SMS by texting “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10. Or, you can text “YELE” to 501501 to donate $5 to the Yele Foundation, founded by Wyclef Jean. (Post this as your FB status update and encourage others to do the same.)

And just in case anyone is concerned about the technicalities of this donation process, I have already done it. It’s as simple as it looks. Text the number 90999 with the word “Haiti” in the body of the text. They will respond asking you to confirm your donation with the word “YES” and then they’ll send you a response thanking you for your donation and letting you know that the amount will be charged to your phone bill for Red Cross International Relief.

Never has giving to a cause been so simple and I encourage everyone to take this step because every dollar counts. It is moments like these when I thank God for technology. Take this step because it could have been you, your family or your friends caught in this devastation. Be your brother and sister’s keeper.

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