Saturday, March 12, 2011

Hearts with Japan

How to Donate Money by Cellphone to Japan Quake Victims via Elizabeth Woyke from
Charities have moved quickly to establish mobile donation campaigns to help the victims of the earthquake and ensuing tsunami that devastated Japan early Friday morning.
Much like earlier campaigns that benefited Haiti and other areas hit by serious natural disasters, donations for the Japanese earthquake victims can be sent via cellphone text messages. Each pledge is for $10 and will be routed to nonprofits providing disaster relief. The charge will appear on the giver’s cellphone bill.
Most of the campaigns listed below have been organized by the mGive Foundation, a Denver-based charity that manages mobile donation programs. MGive says it vets and certifies the organizations it works with.
    • To donate to American Red Cross Relief, text REDCROSSto 90999
    • To donate to Convoy of Hope, a faith-based organization that does community outreach and disaster response, text TSUNAMIto 50555
    • To donate to GlobalGiving, which focuses on “grassroots projects in the developing world,” text JAPAN to 5055
    • To donate to The Salvation Army, text JAPAN or QUAKE to80888
    • To donate to World Relief Corp., the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals, text WAVE to 50555
Text-based donations raised tens of millions of dollars for Haiti in 2010.
Donations may incur text-messaging fees or other data charges, depending on carrier. Sprint Nextel is waiving text-messaging fees for customers who send donations to the Red Cross, Convoy of Hope, the Salvation Army and World Relief (but not Global Giving).

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