Yesterday we wrote about how you can help Japan, and one method we mentioned was texting a $10 donation to Red Cross. Now we’ve found out that Verizon and AT&T won’t be sending those donations over to Japan until the end of the next billing cycle, or 90 days from now, and a law student in San Francisco started a petition to urge the phone companies to expedite the process, like they did with Haiti. But this is why texting your donation can still make sense:
Despite this information, we still think texting your donation can be good idea. Here’s why.
- It’s the beginning of the crisis. While rescuers continue to search for survivors, Japan is focused on preventing a nuclear meltdown – which no amount of donated funds will help prevent. It might be better to wait until we have a clearer picture of the damage and what Japan needs.
- Organizations will still need funds three months from now. Like Hurricane Katrina, the damage inflicted by the earthquake and tsunami will take years to clean up, long after the world’s attention has gone elsewhere.
- It’s easier. We recognize that some busy or forgetful people may never get around to writing a check or putting their credit card information into a worthy charity's website. In that case, we say give in whatever way works for you.