Sure, work’s taxing. Frantically minimizing your browser when your manager walks by is hard work. So hard that you sigh in relief as you plop on the couch and proclaim that you will do nothing but relax for the rest of the evening as you rewatch season seven of 24. Three more days and you’re only on hour 15!
We can’t all be Jack Bauers but there is a way to help save the world or at least help Haiti with the help of your trusty cell phone. That’s right, your fun-time-game-playing-sometimes-actual-phone can help you donate to charities that help the relief effort for the worst earthquake the region has seen in more than 200 years.
How you say? It’s pretty easy….hang on a sec. Okay I just did it. Text “YELE” TO 501501. You will get a return text confirming that you want to donate $5 dollars to the Yele Haiti Foundation. Text “YES” and you’re good to go. Your phone bill will show an extra $5 charge. Receipts will be available for those who know how to do their taxes.
Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile are all participating. As of Thursday, AT&T reported $2.63 million was pledged to the Red Cross, Verizon says their customers gave $1 million, and Sprint customers have contributed more than $882,000. I don’t know T-Mobile’s numbers but they can add my $5 bucks to it.
Here’s a list of 5 non-profits to text to:
Red Cross $10 – Text “HAITI” to 90999
Yele Haiti Foundation $5 – Text “YELE” to 501501
International Rescue Committee $5 – Text “HAITI” to 25383
International Medical Corps $10 – Text “HAITI” to 85944
Clinton Foundation for Haiti Relief $10 – Text “HAITI” to 20222