Haiti Charity Truths & Lies

Haiti EQ MapSnopes helpfully sorts reality from fiction:

TRUE: You can donate $10 to Red Cross earthquake relief efforts in Haiti by texting the word ‘Haiti’ to 90999.

FALSE: Phone companies have agreed to donate 25¢ towards relief efforts in Haiti every time a text message is forwarded.

FALSE: Facebook has agreed to donate towards relief efforts in Haiti every time a certain message is posted as a member’s status.

FALSE: UPS will ship any package under 50 lbs. to Haiti for free.

FALSE: JetBlue and American Airlines are offering free air travel to Haiti for doctors and nurses.

TRUE: T-Mobile is allowing its customers to phone Haiti without being charged for international long distance calls.

As is so often the case, if it’s on the Internet and it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. And Snopes probably has it covered. So it’s is still well worth checking before you give or try to ‘spread the word’ about relief efforts.

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