I sent in an inquiry to the Red Cross earlier this week about donations to the organization via shortcode. The American Red Cross has one set up for cellular users on American mobile networks, however, as I learned, Canada did not have a similar option for the Canadian Red Cross. Until today.
Here is the email I received from a friend at the Canadian Red Cross. They tell me that donations via shortcode are now live today.
The Canadian Red Cross is pleased to now offer Canadians the convenient option of donating via text messaging. Donors interested in this option must simply text REDCROSS to 30333 and a one-time donation of $5 will be added to their mobile phone bill. The charge will be posted once the donor responds to a confirmation text. Text messaging donations are available in $5 increments.
Standard messaging rates and additional fees may apply to donation texts. All charges are billed by and payable to the mobile service provider. The service is available on most carriers. Donations are collected for the benefit of the Canadian Red Cross by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at www.mobilegiving.ca. Donors can unsubscribe at any time by texting STOP to 30333.
So there you go. Text REDCROSS to 30333 to donate $5. Please pass this message along.
– 7.3 magnitude quake at 16:53:09 on January 12th, 2010
– epicentre of quake, 15km from Port-au-Prince, 10km depth
– at least 12 aftershocks between 5.0-5.9 magnitude since
– first earthquake of this magnitude to hit Hispaniola since 1751
– First wave of Canadian wave of evacuees landed in Montreal last night
– CF flights have evacuated 272 Canadians
– Three Canadian flights into Port-au-Prince
Deployed support and facilitation of foreign deployment
– HMCS Athabaskan and HMCS Halifax en route to Haiti. Includes equipment and helicopters.
– Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney has exempted foreign nationals on non-commercial aircraft from obtained temporary visas if they are on their way to provide relief to Haiti
– Canada has been refueling stop for Russian and Chinese aircraft en route to Haiti
– CF operation dubbed HESTIA