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Donations to Haiti made by SMS can be delayed for up to 3 months

Donations to Haiti made by SMS can be delayed for up to 3 months
The outpouring support from people across the world to those who are affected by the recent earthquake in Haiti displays the charitable nature in everyone. Being able to pledge a donation via text messaging made it easy and convenient for anyone to aid victims that are suffering. The sheer amount of money piled up from this has been anything short of wonderful, but now it seems that donations won’t make it to their intended charities for up to 3 months. The reason behind it is that some mobile carriers don’t submit your donations to charities until you’ve actually paid your bill. Experts believe that donations will take at least one billing cycle before they reach their intended destinations – making it difficult in directly aiding those that affected right now. Thankfully Verizon has gone on to announce that they will advance those pledges to charities before they see payment from their customers –aiding those in need right now. Verizon customers have done their part in helping out by pledging approximately $3 million to the cause.

source: The Wall Street Journal via The Consumerist

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