BASKING RIDGE, N.J., May 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless has quickly implemented a mobile giving program for customers looking for a simple way to contribute to relief and recovery efforts following the devastation in Joplin, Mo. The company said today that customers can use their mobile phones to make $10 donations to a variety of nonprofit organizations responding to the tornado and the needs of local citizens in the aftermath – including American Red Cross Relief and United Way - Heart of Missouri.
"The residents of Joplin have experienced an overwhelming loss and will require support in the months to come," said Brendan Fallis, president of the Kansas/Missouri region for Verizon Wireless. "In the aftermath of this disaster, we're making it easy to donate to relief efforts quickly and securely."
Customers can choose from five different nonprofit organizations and make $10 donations by sending a text message. Donating is easy – customers simply text the specific word to the organization's designated short code:
- American Red Cross Relief: Text "REDCROSS" to 90999
- Convoy of Hope: Text "CONVOY" to 50555
- Salvation Army: Text "JOPLIN" to 80888
- United Way - Heart of Missouri: Text "JOPLIN" to 864833
- World Vision, Inc.: Text "TORNADO" to 20222
Verizon Wireless always waives text-messaging fees for disaster relief, so text messages are free when used to make donations to any of these organizations, and 100 percent of each $10 donation goes to the relief organization. For Verizon Wireless customers who pay monthly bills, the $10 donations will appear on the next regular monthly bill. For customers using the company's prepaid services, the $10 donation will be taken from customers' prepaid balance.
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