By Harry McCracken | Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 3:39 pm
If you’re human, your heart is going out to the people in Haiti in the wake of this week’s earthquake and its awful aftermath. And if you’re reading this, chances are that you’re in a position to chip in to help.
My friend Xavier Lanier of Notebooks.com stepped up to the plate by offering $500 in matching funds for contributions by readers who donate $10 to Haitian recovery via SMS. Several other bloggers joined in with additional matching funds. And I’m adding another $250 to the pot. (It’s a small gesture considering how unimaginably lucky I am–and have I mentioned that the San Andreas Fault runs right by my home?)
Here’s how the Technologizer community can contribute and help ensure that the maximum amount of relief money gets donated, as explained by Xavier:
To donate via SMS, just send a text message to “90999″ with the word “HAITI” in the body. You’ll receive a confirmation message confirming that you want to donate $10 to the Red Cross. Reply with the word “Yes” and you’ll get a $10 charge on your next bill.
Once you’ve made the donation, head to Xavier’s post at Notebooks.com and leave a comment so he can track total donations. Thanks in advance.