Tech-saavy New Yorkers have contributed more than a tenth of all mobile giving to the Red Cross according to a recent blog post by the International aid organization.
News reports have indicated that younger people (those below age 30) who say they have not given to disaster relief before -- especially teens and college students - have been willing to add $10 to their phone bills by sending a text message to donate the money to the Red Cross.
It's easy. To donate to the Red Cross via a text message:
1. Send a text with the word "HAITI" to 90999 on any cell phone with texting capability.
2. You will receive a reply message asking you to confirm that you wish to donate.
3. Reply "Yes" and you will get a messaging confirming that $10 will be charged to your phone bill.
That's it. It takes about 8 seconds to complete the donation.
To donate to the Red Cross via the Web click here.