|MIXTURE OF TRUE AND FALSE INFORMATION:|
|TRUE: You can donate $10 to Red Cross earthquake relief efforts in Haiti by texting the word 'Haiti' to 90999.|
|FALSE: Phone companies have agreed to donate 25¢ towards relief efforts in Haiti every time a text message is forwarded.|
|FALSE: Facebook has agreed to donate towards relief efforts in Haiti every time a certain message is posted as a member's status.|
|FALSE: UPS will ship any package under 50 lbs. to Haiti for free.|
|FALSE: JetBlue and American Airlines are offering free air travel to Haiti for doctors and nurses.|
|TRUE: T-Mobile is allowing its customers to phone Haiti without being charged for international long distance calls.|
Example: [Collected via e-mail, January 2010]
Is it true that when you txt "Haiti" to 90999 that the phone company will keep half of the $10 you are intending to be donated to the Red Cross?
Here is what a friend posted on Facebook:
"Wyclef Jean, who is from Haiti, has an organization that helps....looks like he has already left for Haiti...here is the info...To donate $5 to the Yéle Haiti Earthquake Fund, text "Yéle" to 501501 (the amount will be charged to the person's cell phone bill) or visit Yele.org and click 'Donate.'"
I received a forwarded text message concerning the relief effort for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. It reads:"After the tragic Earthquake that striked Haiti on Tuesday phone companies have agreed to donate 25 cents everytime this MSG is forwarded. Don't be selfish."
This status is being tracked, the owners of facebook have confirmed they will send $1 to the rescue fund for the Haiti earthquake disaster for everytime this is cut and paste as a status. You only have to leave it for a minimum of 1 hour. Lets all do our bit to help
I've seen a rumor on Twitter and Facebook that UPS is offering free shipping to Haiti from its stores for any package that's
Keep seeing this info on Twitter and elsewhere that purports American Airlines is offering free flights to Haiti for doctors and nurses. American Airlines publicly suspended all commercial flights to Haiti due to the earthquake, but are they offering to transport medical personnel for the purpose of the relief effort? Below is an example of the tweet making the rounds.
"American Airlines is taking doctors/nurses 2 Haiti 4 free. Please call 212-697-9767. Spread word."
I have called my cell phone carrier (T-Mobile) and they are confirming that all calls made to Haiti will be free calls untill
Origins: A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti near Port au Prince on
As Cheryl Mills, Counselor and Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, posted on the
Haitian native Wyclef Jean of the Fugees has also asked those interested in helping to text the word "Yele" to the number 501501, which will automatically make a $5 donation (also charged to the caller's cell phone bill) to the Yéle Haiti Earthquake Fund.
Other text message donation mechanisms for Haitian relief include:
- Text the word "HAITI" to 20222 to donate $10 to the Clinton Foundation Haiti Relief Fund.
- Text "HAITI" to 25383 to donate $5 to the International Rescue Committee.
- Text "HAITI" to 85944 to donate $10 to the International Medical Corps
Additional messages spread via Twitter and Facebook state that UPS is offering free shipping to Haiti for packages of
A spokeswoman for JetBlue said the airline is flying relief workers from agencies such as the American Red Cross free of charge to Santo Domingo in the neighboring Dominican Republic, but only after they have been vetted by the Haitian Consulate. The consulate then arranges transportation for passengers from Santo Domingo to Port-au-Prince, she said. "We're not offering free transportation for just any doctors who walk up and want to fly there."
Last updated: 16 January 2010
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