So Many Donation Rumours

13 January 2010 at 8:34 pm (Campaigns, Life, News, World Issues) (, , , , , , , )


Let me try to put some currently to rest:

1. UPS Shipping Anything Under 50lbs For FREE

I called UPS myself about 2 hours ago and was told NOTHING like this was in place for Canada OR the U.S and just a few minutes ago this statement was put up on UPS’s blog:

The earthquake that hit Haiti yesterday delivered a devastating blow to the island nation. Disasters such as this remind us of our own vulnerability to the forces of nature. At UPS, we’re committed to delivering aid and supporting relief efforts around the world. Through The UPS Foundation, we’re giving $1 million (USD) in cash and in-kind aid to help the people of Haiti.

We’ve also noticed a surge of interest and concern online as people search for ways to help. On Twitter, some have mistakenly shared a rumor that UPS will ship for free any package under 50 lbs. to Haiti. The destruction of roads and communications networks means our own shipping services to Haiti are on hold. Rather than offer free shipping to individual donors, UPS directs its aid through relief agencies. (read more …)

2. Texting Donations – Salvation Army (via Bell Mobility or Rogers)

There are NO formal means set in place for Canadians to donate to Haiti via TEXT MESSAGING. The Salvation army states you can do so here: http://www.salvationarmy.ca/textdonations/ however if you read the very first question it says quite clearly what the money will be used for:

Donations will help The Salvation Army serve more than 1.5 million Canadians each year as the largest non-governmental direct provider of social service. (read more …)

The same can be said for other companies as well.

3. Texting Donations As A Whole (Canadians ONLY)

Canadians looking to donate money to Red Cross disaster relief in Haiti through text messages may want to try other options.

Twitter users are reporting that text-donation campaigns on the social-media website are not applicable in Canada.

One option, where texting the word “Haiti” to 90999 results in a $10 donation to the Red Cross and a matching fee being applied to the user’s cellphone bill, only works in the United States, users reported. (read more…)

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At this point it’s safe to say that RIGHT now, the only organizations you should trust sending your money to are YELE (Wyclef Jean’s Organization) and The Red Cross.

PLEASE click both names to go to their respective websites! Thank you.

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