Mobile givers can text a $25 donation now through Dec. 31
• Special to the Daily Leader
Cell phone users can text the word GIFT to 90999 from now through Dec. 31 to make a $25 donation to the American Red Cross.
Donations will support the work of the Red Cross, including disaster response, collecting lifesaving blood, teaching skills that can save a life or assisting military members and their families.
This new mobile giving program, which runs through December 31, is the first to be done with a number of wireless carriers with a holiday-themed keyword and a $25 amount.
“Over three million people made a $10 donation via text to help the people of Haiti last January. We are now asking them to help the work of the American Red Cross down the street, across the country, and around the world by making a holiday gift of $25 by text,” Liberal Red Cross Manager Sherry Helmke said. “A few finger taps on a cell phone can be the gift that saves the day for a person affected by disaster.”
The pilot program is being done with mGive, which partnered with the Red Cross on the highly successful Haiti mobile giving effort which raised nearly $33 million for Haiti relief and recover through $10 text donations. Many leading wireless carriers are participating.
People who make a $25 text donation will be sent a link to download a badge for their Facebook pages. Donations will appear on customers’ monthly bills or be debited from prepaid account balances. Message and data rates may apply. The Red Cross is working with mGive to process and facilitate the mobile donations.
The text donation program is another part of the Red Cross holiday giving campaign, which also features an online holiday giving catalog, www.redcross.org/gifts. The Red Cross has more than 20 gift ideas — such as assisting someone in the military with a phone card or supplies, providing food and shelter to a disaster victim, covering the costs of snacks at a blood drive, or giving basic necessities to a family in another country.
The purchase of each gift item through the online catalog is a tax-deductible contribution to the overall mission of the American Red Cross. On the rare occasion when donations exceed the need in a particular area, the Red Cross will use the contribution to help others where the need is greatest.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join the blog at http://blog.redcross.org .