Texting Is Changing The Way People Donate To Haiti

It’s hard to believe, but on Friday it will be one month since a massive earthquake ravaged Haiti.

Many of you responded with donations through texting.

But does that quick and easy way to help have a down side?

Giving has officially entered the digital age.

From now on when disasters strike like the earthquake in Haiti; people will be texting their donations more than ever before.

But while a simple text may be convenient, it still may not be so fast in reaching those who need it the most.

Almost a month after an earthquake ripped through Haiti much of the country is still ripped apart with its people looking for hope.

It’s that cause that prompted many of you to reach out by donating money.

"Whatever works for an individual is the best way,” said Northeast Louisiana Red Cross Administrator LaVonne LeBlanc.

LaVonne LeBlanc is an administrator for the American Red Cross here in Northeast Louisiana.

She says texting donations are taking over.

Those text donations go in at 10 bucks a pop, but LeBlanc says it still takes a while for your cell provider to release the money.

"They have to receive their money when people pay their cell phone bills and then cut that check so there is a delay,” said LeBlanc.

But LeBlanc says texting is still a success with $31 million already raised that way for Haiti.

While it may take a little extra time to get the money to Haiti through texting, the American Red Cross says the method is easy and effective.

"It does seem to be reaching a group that has not ever donated before to this type of effort,” said LeBlanc.

Right now if you go to the text screen on your cell phone, and punch in the number 90999, then hit send, you've just sent $10 to help Haiti. 

LeBlanc says if you go to a little more trouble and designate your Red Cross donations to international or American relief, you might get more bang for the buck.

"If there's money left, that money can be saved to be used to put relief on the ground quickly with the next disaster,” said LeBlanc.

The Red Cross says every little bit counts.

Ten dollars for example can buy enough bandages and ointment to treat 15 to 20 people.

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