In tonight’s “Ask Amy” segment, we showed you how some charities are using the millions of dollars donated for Haiti relief.
The Amerian Red Cross says, so far, it’s received $32 million from texts alone. By texting “Haiti” to 90999, you can make a $10 donation. So naturally, we asked how much are cell companies making off of all those texts? The answer is nothing.
All of the cell companies I called waived all fees and charges for donation texts. Some went even further to help their customers who are either in Haiti or have family in Haiti.
T-Mobile waived all long distance charges for its customers calling Haiti through Jan. 31st. Customers still in Haiti can get free long distance and no roaming charges to call anywhere in the world through the end of February.
T-Mobile also donated 12,000 cell phones to the area, 10 mobile cell sites, 77 generators, 45 solar chargers, 11 SUVs and 980 ground kits.
Verizon is waiving all long distance calls and charges to Haiti through Feb. 14th.
Verizon employees donated more than $1 million to the Haiti relief effort, on top of money donated by The Verizon Foundation.
Sprint has waived all text messaging charges to and from Haiti through Feb. 28th.
The Sprint Foundation donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross International Response Fund. Sprint employees have also contributed more than $102,000 to the American Red Cross – which Sprint will match in its entirety – bringing the total contributions of Sprint and Sprint employees to the Red Cross relief efforts to over $250,000. Sprint also donated cell phones, generators and other equipment to help in the relief effort.
If you plan on making a donation (or another donation), but you don’t know where you want to donate, check out Charity Navigator. The website has a list of the most highly rated charities providing relief in Haiti.