The massive earthquake that struck Haiti yesterday reminds me a lot of the tsunami that hit the Indian Ocean in 2004. I remember searching online to find a way to contribute to the relief fund. I ended up donating through the Red Cross and thinking that was pretty fantastic.
Five years later, in the midst of devastation in one of the poorest countries in the west, the options for donating have certainly improved. Today, tweets started flooding in encouraging people to send an SMS message (text message) with the word “Haiti” to short code 90999. This will automatically make a $10 donation to the American Red Cross. I can only assume the $10 is placed on your cell phone bill.
Tonight, Bell and Rogers also came through with a way for Canadians to donate just a simply. Text “Haiti” (without quotes) to short code 45678 to make a $5 donation to the disaster relief fund.
It really doesn’t get easier than that. Please remember those who’ve lost their lives, families and homes and consider this simple and affordable method of helping out.