Those trying to help the devastated country of Haiti have found a clever way to turn our collective addiction to our BlackBerrys and cell phones into a powerful fundraising force: The State Department is urging people to text the word HAITI to the number 90999.
With that little message, a $10 donation goes to the Red Cross and Mercy Corps, who are organizing relief efforts. The donation will show up on your phone bill.
And it gives you an excuse for fiddling with your phone during a meeting Hey, Im donating to the Haiti earthquake effort, OK?
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Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.