The Obama administration’s program to raise money for the Red Cross’s relief for survivors of the earthquake in Haiti through text messaging has raised $5 million in just over two days, administration sources tell ABC News.
By texting HAITI to 90999 through their cell phones, donors give $10 to the Red Cross, a charge that will appear on their bills.
The State Department set up the program on Tuesday. One million dollars was raised within the first 24 hours of the program, which the Obama administration has promoted using three government websites, Facebook, and Twitter.
The program is “helping us get the food, the water, the medical supplies that we need,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said this morning.