I subscribe to change.org emails, but I don’t sign on to everything. In fact, I probably participate just one-fifth of the time. (A lot of it is more liberal than even I am.) This, though, this is urgent, and I think it’s worth sharing. In this age of mobile technology, the ability to donate to the Red Cross through a text is a fantastic advancement. It’s convenient, quick, and poses a lower barrier to entry than most modes of contribution. But, did you know how long it takes? Read below:
As Japan struggles to overcome a disastrous string of events — including a possible nuclear catastrophe — millions of us have sought to help, often by donating money to urgent relief efforts.
But if you donate via text message, your donations may take up to 90 days to reach aid organizations that need the money as soon as possible.
Even though they’re getting large amounts of free media attention for their text-to-donate programs, companies like AT&T and Verizon have chosen not to release the donation money right away. Many customers assume that they’re sending funds straight to disaster zones in the crucial days after the earthquake, but donations are transferred after the end of your next billing cycle, a process that can take up to three months.
Masaya Uchino, a law student in San Francisco with family in Japan, started a petition on Change.org to demand that AT&T, Verizon, and other major phone service providers stop delaying much needed donations from reaching organizations doing relief work in Japan. Please add your name to the petition now:
After the earthquake in Haiti, Change.org members and others asked phone companies to provide donations immediately — and the phone companies came through. But so far they’ve refused to take the same step, and it’s up to us to join Masaya in speaking out.
Thanks for taking action,
– Weldon and the Change.org team
P.S. If you want to donate immediately to relief efforts, join the Change.org staff in contributing to one or more of these great organizations:
Oxfam America: http://chn.ge/hd3n4C
International Medical Corps: http://chn.ge/hhkQhT
Habitat for Humanity: http://chn.ge/e8OX7r
UN Foundation: http://chn.ge/hVZ5uu
American Red Cross: http://chn.ge/eWtkti