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Lets Do a Little More for Haiti

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Last night I shared a link to the Red Cross, which is collecting donations via SMS for earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. I was very glad to hear that the Red Cross has raised more than $1.2 Million via its SMS campaign in a single day. That’s very impressive considering they did it $10 at a time.

From what I hear, the Red Cross is one of the organizations best prepared to turn donations into action in Haiti and I sent an SMS over to donate $10. That’s not nearly enough.

I’ve been fortunate enough to travel around the world and witness the horrible conditions that too many people have to live in. I can’t imagine what life is like in places like Haiti after a natural disaster is layered on top of the struggles of daily life.

Last night I had dinner with my parents and Haiti was the topic of conversation. My father (who’s made his career in construction) and I looked at a lot of photos and video of the devastation. Besides the horrendous human suffering, we both noticed two things: 1) the buildings in Port au Prince were lacking in basic structural reinforcement. 2) There was no heavy equipment in sight.

My family and I survived the 1989 earthquake. Besides a few broken household items and shaken nerves, we made it through thanks to San Francisco’s relatively solid infrastructure, extensive emergency services and strict building codes. Not everyone was as lucky and of course we still worry when (not if) the next big one will hit. In fact, last weekend I had a panic attack when I was in Las Vegas and I heard there was a major quake in Northern California.

Doubling Down on SMS Donations to the Red Cross

Red Cross LogoToday I’m going to spend less time working and see if I can use most of my time for the greater good. To start, I’m going to personally match the first $500 of Red Cross SMS donations that members of the mobile tech blogging community donate to the Red Cross. All you need to do is leave a comment below letting us know that you donated at least $10 to the Red Cross via SMS.

To donate via SMS, just send a text message to “90999″ with the word “HAITI” in the message body. You’ll receive a confirmation message confirming that you want to donate $10 to the Red Cross. Reply with the word “Yes” and you’ll get a $10 charge on your next bill.

Don’t forget to leave a comment on this article so I can send another text message to match your donation. If AT&T has a limit on how many times I can send an SMS, I’ll match your donation with a check.

I realize that some of our readers are going through financial difficulties and that it may be impossible for you to do donate to the Red Cross. If you’d still like me us to donate $10 on your behalf just ask and leave a comment with a link to an article on, GottaBeMobile, Gear Diary, Mobility Minded, Technologizer, WindowsPhoneToughts, Gear Live, Served Raw, SlashGear or GeeksRoom that you’ve found interesting.

UPDATE: Additional Matching Funds are Pouring in!

Several generous individuals and companies are joining us and augmenting the Red Cross SMS campaign donations. Below is a running list of who’s pitching in matching dollars. Remember, in order for them to match the funds, we need to know that $10 donations are being made via SMS. Leave a comment below.

I just received a video message from Scott Jordan, CEO of SCOTTEVEST. In the message he pledged $2,500 in matching funds for the Red Cross SMS campaign. Thank you Scott! Please watch his kind message here:

Judie Lipsett of Gear Diary just let me know that she’d like to match an additional $250 of tech blog readers’ donations. Thank you Judie!

Carly Zekzter of Gear Diary is adding $100 to the matching funds pool so we can match tech blog readers’ donations. Thank you Carly!

Dan Cohen of Gear Diary has graciously added $150 to the matching funds pool. Thank you Dan for your generous donation!

Johan van Mierlo of Mobility Minded just sent me a DM on Twitter offering an additional $100 in matching funds. Thank you Johan!

Andru Edwards, the publisher of Gear Live and video blogger extraordinaire just sent me an email pledging $500 in matching funds. Thank you Andru!

Harry McCracken, editor of Technologizer and a fantastic geek role model, just sent me a message on Twitter and has pledged an additional $250 in matching dollars. Thank you very much Harry!

The team from Ivy Worldwide, which is responsible for doing some great social media outreach for companies like HP, AT&T and others, just emailed us and let us know that they’re pitching in $500 for the SMS matching effort. Thank you Chris, Geoff, Nick and team!

Ed Hansberry of WIndows Phone Thoughts just added an additional $250 to the tech bloggers matching pool. Thank you Ed!

Jason Dunn of Thoughts Media Inc. asked me to add $250 to the pool on his company’s behalf. Thank you Thoughts Media and Jason!

Warner Crocker of GottaBeMobile and his gracious wife Thomasin have added $100 to the SMS matching pool!

Hector Russo of GeeksRoom has added $100 to the matching fund AND shared the plea in Spanish. Thank you Hector!

Amisha, Stacy and Shirley of Served Raw, a new foodie and recipe site have upped the ante another $100. Thank you to Amisha (my wife), Stacy and Shirley, all of whom are fantastic cooks!

Ewdison Then from SlashGear just sent Judie Lipsett a message on Twitter saying that his team would like to add $120 to the matching pool! Thank you to everyone over at SlashGear and R3 Media!

Mike Temporale of Mobile Jaw said he would pitch in $230 to bring the matching fund up to an even $6,000! Thank you Mike!

Helena of Chip Chick is kicking in another $150 for the matching fund. Thank you Helena!

Pete, Chris and Doug of Digital Home Thoughts have kicked in another $250! That brings the Thoughts Media team’s contribution up to $750. Thank you guys!

This means we’re up to $6,400 in matching funds. That’s $12,800 in Red Cross aid if our readers donate $10 each! Please help us reach this goal by giving it to the Red Cross by making your own SMS donation.

BIG Update

My friend Andru Edwards from Gearlive decided to really step up and launch another matching fund for Haiti to augment our efforts! Not only has he put up $500 of his own cash, but he’s raised another $5,150 in matching funds from the GearLive community and friends!

The great thing about Andru’s giveaway is that all of the donors over at GearLive will match your $5 donation to Yele or $10 to the American Red Cross each time someone donates (up to their stated maximum). This means that each of the 13 donors will match your donation, which means your $10 SMS can have a $130 impact!

Together with Andru, we’re up to $11,550 in matching funds! If all of our readers pitch in that’ll be over $18,000 raised for Haiti.

How we can do even more

I’m going to reach out to some friends in the mobile tech industry and ask if they’d be interested in helping us match mobile SMS donations to the Red Cross above my initial $500 limit. The mobile tech community spent a large fortune last week in Las Vegas to celebrate and promote mobile tech. If you or your company has some spare cash to match GBM and readers’ donations, please contact us. Those who match donations will be recognized prominently on and If you’d rather stay anonymous or donate in someone’s name that’s fine too. You can shoot me an email at

We might not be able to raise millions like some organizations can, but we can help the Red Cross do a little more.


  1. My3Sons33

    January 14, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I donated $10 to the Red Cross's efforts through my employer. Thanks for matching it. You rock!

  2. gerrilanier

    January 14, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I also donated $10. to the Red Cross. Appreciate your efforts in helping out.

  3. Brian Deacon

    January 14, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    I donated $10 to the red cross via SMS

  4. Rodfather

    January 14, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Great stuff. I donated $10 through SMS. Thanks.

  5. Mini Laptop India

    January 14, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Way to go Xavier!

  6. Jessica Fritsche

    January 14, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    I donated $10 via SMS and plan on donating more through other channels. Thanks to you and others who are matching our donations!

  7. blingiesha

    January 14, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I donated $20

  8. Rob Bushway

    January 14, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I donated $10 about an hour ago – keep up the awesome work Xavier

  9. abitnerdy

    January 14, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    I donated $10 via redcross!, going to donate clothes and harass the significant other into donating tonight! Thank you and everyone for matching the donation! Every little bit absolutely helps!

  10. Good Causes Portland

    January 14, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    I just donated to the Red Cross Haiti relief on my mobile phone via SMS. Great idea to extend the reach of the Red Cross fundraising :)

  11. hectorrusso

    January 14, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    I just donated $10 to the Red Cross Via SMS! Thanks Xavier.

  12. Anonymous Donor

    January 14, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    I just donated $10.

  13. JustThisOnce

    January 14, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I donated $10, and I'm thrilled to see people like you and your friends stepping up.

  14. Dana

    January 14, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Great stuff, Xavier: As usual!!! Either $20 or $30 from me (texting skill isssue).

  15. jshelamer

    January 14, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I donated $10 to the American Red Cross via SMS this afternoon.

  16. Steven Yagozinski

    January 14, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    You ladies and gentlemen make me proud!

    I just want to make a suggestion for everyone's benefit. Depending on the country you reside in, the sms donations can be claimed as a tax deduction up to $10. Amounts greater than that could be denied unless you donate to the branch of the Red Cross in your country.

    This is true for the US and Canadian tax laws, so for you techies that have pledged to match funds, please do yourself a favor and record your donation with the Red Cross directly (either by check,debit, or credit card),to get the tax benefit.


  17. Kailash Batra

    January 14, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Thanks for taking the initiative. I just sms'd to Red Cross

  18. Good Causes Portland

    January 14, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    I just posted your information in a new Google Wave with the efforts being made specific to Portland, OR. Search Haiti Portland in Public Waves to find. Keep up the great work!!

  19. S.Acharya

    January 15, 2010 at 12:38 am

    I donated $10 to the American Red Cross via SMS Jan 13, 2010

  20. Josh_Smith

    January 15, 2010 at 4:22 am

    In for $10 and sharing now.

  21. Ed

    January 15, 2010 at 4:26 am

    I just donated $10 to The American Red Cross via SMS. I will also donate $10 to

  22. Benjamin Hall

    January 15, 2010 at 5:52 am

    I just donated $30 to the American Red Cross through work. This is great how everyone comes together to help in times of need. Keep up the great work everyone!

  23. Doug R.

    January 15, 2010 at 6:28 am

    I donated $10 to the American Red Cross via SMS. I'm also donating additional funds through Windows Phone Thoughts (I'm the review coordinator there).

  24. alvinducrejr

    January 15, 2010 at 6:54 am

    I donated $15 to the American Red Cross via thier website

  25. jasonreese

    January 15, 2010 at 6:58 am

    Donated to American Red Cross via SMS, as well as thru online channels. Spreading word re: matching gift opportunity

  26. Barbara

    January 15, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Your work for Haiti is admirable. I have donated via text to 90999 and have posted requests on Facebook several times to elicit funds from my network. Continuing good luck in your fundraising.

  27. Alex

    January 15, 2010 at 8:05 am

    I donated $75 to Partners in Health

  28. jazboy

    January 15, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Very nice work Xavier. Donated $10 yesterday morning via SMS. My office is also collecting contribution for that. So donating to that too.

  29. jaki

    January 15, 2010 at 8:51 am

    i just donated 10.00 to red cross via text

  30. Larry Huffman

    January 15, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Just donated $10 to the Red Cross via SMS. Thanks!

  31. Michael Brown

    January 15, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Donated $10 to Red Cross this morning

  32. Scott Tilney

    January 15, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I donated $10 to the Red Cross via SMS

  33. Alan Dennis

    January 15, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    I just sent the SMS to the Red Cross.

  34. Alicia Howell

    January 15, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I just donated $20 to Red Cross for Haiti, this is awesome what you guys are doing! :)

  35. Martha Spizziri

    January 15, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Donated $10 via SMS.

  36. AmyZ

    January 16, 2010 at 6:58 am

    I put in my $10 this morning!

  37. Lisa Grassetti

    January 16, 2010 at 7:07 am

    The texting is so good right now for Haiti that it's raising such well needed money for the people there. Such a sad situation. I wish they could rebuild the whole island for them from top to bottom with no poverty :( Was watching AC360 every night and there was one little girl that had a crushed leg and didn't get the help quick enough and passed away so sad. Also all the orphans there now. They had many to begin with and now so much more. I hope every single person in the US donates.

  38. shirley

    January 16, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    thanks, xavier! my $10 red cross sms donation has been sent

  39. lifeonprint

    January 17, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I gave $10 the other night. Thank you for helping others in need. We are all so fortunate and blessed.

  40. Jamie

    January 17, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Very inspiring Xavier. Incredible job pulling everyone together to make us greater than the sum of our parts.

  41. Jamie

    January 17, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Oh, and YES, my $10 was just confirmed. Thank you!!

  42. Norma Lindh

    January 17, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Donated 10.00 to RedCross -NL

  43. lifeisweird

    January 17, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    I helped with $10

  44. Vicky

    January 18, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Donated $10 via SMS.

  45. Amol Moye

    January 18, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I donated $10 via text to the Red Cross

  46. Gunnar

    January 18, 2010 at 10:13 am

    I donated $78.50 which I was going to use to treat my family to dinner, but simply cooked some left over at home and donated the amount.

  47. Eric

    January 18, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I gave $30 via text to the Red Cross, the limit via text.

  48. Chris_Tham

    January 18, 2010 at 10:18 am

    I donated $10 to the American Red Cross on Jan 18, 2010

  49. red

    January 18, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Lets do something by donating to the relief victims.

  50. justin w

    January 18, 2010 at 10:21 am

    i donated $10 via text message

  51. Jared

    January 18, 2010 at 10:23 am

    My wife and I donated $20 via SMS

  52. james

    January 18, 2010 at 10:25 am

    $10 paid

  53. lopcheung

    January 18, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I've donated $10 dollars to the American Red Cross last week. Hope this counts and that it will get matched. Thank You!

  54. sucheta

    January 18, 2010 at 10:27 am

    I donated $25 by credit card to Amerian redcross. Hope Haitians get the help on time.

  55. Ashwen

    January 18, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Thanks for doing this. I just donated $10 via SMS.

  56. Geoff

    January 18, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Donated $10 earlier this week.

  57. Therese

    January 18, 2010 at 10:39 am

    I donated $10 to the Red Cross via SMS on Saturday, January 16.

  58. Tri Nguyen

    January 18, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Hi, my wife and I donated $100 on 1/13/10 to the American Red Cross.

  59. Nguyen Vo

    January 18, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Thanks for doing this! I donated $10 to the American Red Cross via SMS on Jan. 13, 2010.

  60. fishzebby

    January 18, 2010 at 10:51 am


  61. psk907

    January 18, 2010 at 10:52 am

    $10 today

  62. Keith

    January 18, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Donated $100 through Food for the Hungry a few days ago

  63. georgeqwatson

    January 18, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Donated $10

  64. Marty

    January 18, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Thank you for this initiative- I donated via SMS last week.

  65. Tony Groseta

    January 18, 2010 at 10:54 am

    I donated $10 yesterday.

  66. Oleg M.

    January 18, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Donated $10 via SMS

  67. Chereya

    January 18, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Donated $10 to Unicef

  68. Benjamin Richter

    January 18, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Donated $50 to PIH Haiti today.

  69. satishmasina

    January 18, 2010 at 11:02 am

    I donated $10 via at&t text message

  70. Jordan

    January 18, 2010 at 11:06 am

    I donated $10 to the red cross via SMS.

  71. eddie saiz

    January 18, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Please matach my $10 donation today sent via text to #90999. thanks

  72. eddie saiz

    January 18, 2010 at 11:09 am

    please match my $10 donation given today to haiti via text# 90999. thanks

  73. SL

    January 18, 2010 at 11:30 am

    donated via sms

  74. SL

    January 18, 2010 at 11:31 am

    sorry forgot to say donated $10 to red cross via sms

  75. Dar

    January 18, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I donated $10 last week. Thanks for matching.

  76. Susan Gonzales

    January 18, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    $20 donated via text message

  77. tori

    January 18, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    i donated 10 dollars by texting the red cross

  78. Colleen Kasperek

    January 18, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Way to go Xavier! I texted $10 to the American Red Cross the other night!

  79. msbatch

    January 18, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    My Husband and I both donated $10 to RedCross by sms message. Thank you ALL for donating and matching them.

  80. Nathan

    January 18, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    I donated via text message yesterday $10. Thank you for doing this, major props for you!

  81. travis

    January 18, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    I donated $10 to the Red Cross via SMS on 01/18/2010

  82. chris98891

    January 18, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    i donated via text!

  83. Jennifer B.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:55 am

    I have donated $20 to the Red Cross.

  84. Pulkit

    January 19, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Please match my $10 donation given today to haiti via Text# 90999.


  85. carriehenderson

    January 19, 2010 at 9:39 am

    We donated $10! You guys are awesome!

  86. carriehenderson

    January 19, 2010 at 9:42 am

    We donated $10! Thanks!

  87. Veronique

    January 19, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I donated through text 10 dollars.

  88. tonyobregon

    January 19, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Xavier, this is a very commendable effort on your part. Thanks for enlisting the tech community to donate – I've just sent in my $10 donation to the Red Cross via SMS.

  89. Sheetal

    January 19, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    I have donated

  90. Mike

    January 21, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Great work Xavier! I donated $100 to Hospital Albert Schweitzer located Port-Au-Prince in Haiti.

  91. Akash (For UD_CEE)

    January 23, 2010 at 10:16 am

    UD-CEE Contributed 132$ to Salvation Army for Haiti

  92. Shawn

    January 25, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    I donated $100, then won some money at the casino, so I donated some of that. $300 total.

  93. Gene

    January 29, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Wow, so much good is happening for Haiti, they are in need of so much, I found another $20,000 in matching funds have been made available to Reiser Relief Inc. for support of short-term relief and long-term recovery efforts in Haiti. Donor Matching Begins – Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 11:00 am CST

  94. Sudchai

    February 11, 2010 at 9:03 am

    I donated $50 to American Redcross.

  95. Sudchai

    February 11, 2010 at 9:04 am

    I donated $50 to Operation USA (Haiti Relief).

  96. Sudchai

    February 11, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Just want to spread some words. Here're places that will match your donations:…43351.html
    (Today Feb 11 is the last day that dealnews match donation to American Redcross.)

    American Airline and United Airline

    Some more info for other places can be find here:


  97. Gene

    March 26, 2010 at 2:38 am

    $10,000 Matching Grant for Haiti – via Razoo March Goodness Online Fundraiser – March 15th to March 30th
    A $10 Donation Can Make a Difference In Haiti. You to make a difference in the lives of the people in Haiti.

  98. Gene

    March 26, 2010 at 9:38 am

    $10,000 Matching Grant for Haiti – via Razoo March Goodness Online Fundraiser – March 15th to March 30th
    A $10 Donation Can Make a Difference In Haiti. You to make a difference in the lives of the people in Haiti.

  99. Guanguang99

    August 9, 2010 at 9:39 am

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