Mobile phone users in the United States have contributed more than $11 million to Haiti Earthquake Relief through SMS donaiton. The Mobile Giving Foundation says it is a “mobile-giving record” for funds raised for a single cause. The foundation was receiving up to 10,000 text messages per second. The foundation said more than $11 million has been donated through various text message donation programs, reports Reuters.
Cellphone users in the US can donate $5 to Haiti-born hip-hop musician Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund by texting the word “Yele” to 501501. The can donate $10 to the American Red Cross, by texting the word “Haiti” to 90999. The donation is charged to a user’s cellphone bill.
The American Red Cross said it has received more than $9 million in donations from more than 900,000 mobile phone users. Yele Haiti fund had raised $2 million via text messages.
Mobile providers have waived fees for customers wishing to send mobile donations. There are no text messaging fees and 100 percent of the $10 donation goes to the American Red Cross.