Haiti Aid gets Boost By Social Media

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Wyclef Jean tweeted a message to his almost 1.4 million followers: “Please text ‘Yéle’ to 501501 to donate $5 to Yéle Haiti. Your money will help with relief efforts. They need our help.”

He has raised over $750,000.

American Red Cross text-message campaign — which launched shortly after Yele’s asked Americans to donate $10 to the Red Cross by texting the word ‘Haiti’ to 90999, has raised about $4 million thus far.

Much of the mobile donation model’s success lies in its simplicity. Cell phone users text their pledges, and the donation is added to their monthly cell phone bills. “The carriers pay the charity 100% of the gift,” said Matt McKenna, president of Red Fish Media. “There are production expenses, but the lion’s share goes directly for the cause.”

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I texted “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts. $10 will automatically be charge to your phone bill. (organized by the Salvation Army)

This is the effect of technology, the internet, Social Media. I am really thankful for it.

Do your part!!!

If you want to pay online here are some links.

Plan Canada

World Vision

The Canadian Red Cross

Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund