I thought we could use some positive news about Haiti, so here's a round-up of good things that people and companies are doing to help.
T-Mobile USA Waives Call Charges to and From Haiti
The company will allow current T-Mobile customers to make phone calls to Haiti free of charge. T-Mobile is hoping to help unite family members by enabling phone calls without charges retroactively from January 12, 2010, until January 31, 2010. And any T-Mobile customers will also be able to roam free-of charge while in Haiti.
Additionally, T-Mobile committed itself to helping to restore the wireless communications infrastructure maintained by its partner networks, Voila and Digicel, that was damaged in the earthquake. T-Mobile will also donate wireless equipment such as generator equipment and cellsites.
Google Donates $ 1 Million + Posts Donation Links on Homepage
Google said Thursday that it will donate $1 million to organizations on the ground that are providing rescue efforts as well as water, food, medical care, shelter and support to those affected.
The search engine giant has also included a link on its Google.com homepage with information about how you can help people in the region. Users can donate directly to UNICEF or CARE from that page using Google Checkout or click on links to provide funds to groups like the Red Cross, Mercy Corps, and Doctors Without Borders.
Microsoft to donate $1.25M for Haiti relief, match Employee Donations + work with Haitian Government
Microsoft will give $1.25 million to humanitarian efforts in earthquake-devastated Haiti and is urging its employees also to donate, the company said.
The company's Disaster Response team is in contact with government, non-governmental and international humanitarian organizations to help coordinate its support.
The company said it will match employee donations of up to $12,000. Badshah said Microsoft also is working with affected customers in Haiti "to help get critical systems up and running."
Other Corporate mentions / blurbs that I found on the web:
- Apple has set up a donation mechanism within iTunes
- Verizon's foundation is also donating $100,000 and matching employee donations.
- Goddady.com said it is donating $500,000
- Salesforce.com is matching public donations made via a special Web site up to $100,000.
- Abbott Laboratories, Coca-Cola, Google, Pepsico and UPS pledged $1 million in donations
- Nestlé Waters North America sent $1 million worth of bottled water
- The New York Yankees gave $500,000.
- News Corp. donated $250,000, to be divided between the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross. In addition, the company will match employee donations to several charities up to a total of $250,000.
And lastly, on the celebrity front:
- Tiger Woods donated around $ 3 million to send a cargo plane with a mobile hospital, including "50 EMTs to go set up a triage."
- Alyssa Milano donated $50,000 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and started a Twitter fundraising challenge
- Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's foundation is contributing $1 million to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontiéres, whose three hospitals in Port-au-Prince were severely damaged, forcing the staff to work out of open-air hospitals.
- Olivia Wilde told fans she will send a personalized "thank you" video to everyone who donates in excess of $200 to help out in Haiti.
- Blink 182 is selling a special Haiti charity support t-shirt, with all proceeds going to the Red Cross.
- Wyclef Jean went to Haiti himself and spent the last few days "clearing bodies from the streets of Port-au-Prince."
I'm sure I've left out loads of amazing individuals + companies so mention them in the comments and I'll update this post. :)