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Donors Give $210 Million to Major U.S. Relief Groups

Organizations are using new tools for donating.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that six days after Haiti's earthquake, donors have contributed more than $210 million to major U.S. relief groups. The donations are more than was donated six days after the 2004 Asian tsunamis but less than what was given after Hurricane Katrina.

While television telethons could last for hours, says The New York Times, Twitter quickly comes to the point: "Text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10 to @RedCross relief." By Monday, the American Red Cross received more than $21 million through its texting campaign.

Many other organizations are encouraging text donations, as well. Lutheran World Relief launched a "text-to-give" campaign on January 17.

The online gaming community is also finding ways to help. Bungie.net posted this call to action:

We hear echoes of the ocean spilling into the streets of New Orleans. We recall broken buildings slipping away from our skylines, falling into dust. And as shattered families in Haiti begin their own relief and rescue ...
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