Beginning December 12, there have been abundant reports of recent devastation in Haiti. Continuing earthquakes of varying magnitudes, up to 7.3, have brought much destruction on what was already the poorest country in the western hemisphere.
A less-anticipated effort has come from Mac shareware and iPhone developers in the form of Indie+Relief. These many developers are offering all proceeds from nearly 150 separate applications to charities supporting Haiti. The promotion runs through today, Wednesday, January 20. Purchasing is as usual, through the developer’s site or the iTunes App Store, and developers have the opportunity to give to a charity of their choice. A list of participating applications, along with their price, can be found at indierelief.com.
Even closer to Apple themeslves is the donation the company has set up through the iTunes Store [iTunes link]. As with other promotion, a badge on the store’s front, and on Apple’s site, links to a page with options to donate between $5 and $200. The purchase is billed as any other would be, and 100% of funds go to the Red Cross.
A slightly related effort is Music For Relief, which offers unreleased songs from several bands in exchange for a donation of your choice, paid via Paypal. This charity was formed over five years ago, and has given support for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, California wildfires, and other natural disasters.
The Internet, as well as the generousity of these organizations, have made it easier than ever to donate to victims of disasters. The IMP Team urges you to consider giving whatever you can afford through the effort of your choice to help the people of Haiti.