January 19, 2010
Sprint to Advance Mobile Giving Donations to Haiti Relief Charities and Waive Customer Text Message Fees to and from the Republic of Haiti
This advance payout will encompass all of the Haiti disaster relief shortcodes in which Sprint has waived standard text messaging fees, including the American Red Cross International Response Fund.
Additionally, between now and Sunday, Jan. 31, Sprint is waiving all fees and charges for Sprint customers sending text messages to and from Haiti. During times of emergency, it has been shown that sending text messages rather than calling is more reliable form of communications and frees calling lines for critical communication between first responders, other emergency personnel and aid workers. Waived text-messaging fees do not apply to customers roaming on other networks.
"Sprint realizes the need for monetary resources and support for this effort from our customers has been overwhelming," said Ralph Reid, vice president of corporate social responsibility for Sprint. "We want to ensure customer contributions are put to immediate use and Sprint is transferring these funds to bring relief to the people affected by the earthquake in Haiti as quickly as possible."
Since Jan. 12, Sprint customers have contributed more than $3.1 million in mobile-giving donations to Haiti relief efforts and 100 percent of all the money donated through texting is given to the respective non-profit organizations.
The Sprint Foundation is also matching any American Red Cross earthquake-relief donations made by Sprint employees from Wednesday, Jan. 13, through Sunday, Jan. 31. The Sprint Foundation will match employee contributions up to a total matched amount of $50,000.
To date, Sprint employees have contributed more than $24,000 with donations continuing through the end of the month, bringing Sprint and its employees' total philanthropic contribution to $98,000. Sprint's giving includes the Sprint Foundation grant of $50,000, more than $24,000 in employee donations and an additional $24,000 in matching Sprint Foundation donations.
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