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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 08:49 PM
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Wyclef Jean's Haiti Relief Tweets Raise $1 Million
Source: ABC News

A who's who of celebrities from Haitian-born musician Wyclef Jean to comedian Ben Stiller have harnessed the power of the Internet and mobile communications to quickly generate millions of dollars in donations for disaster relief in Haiti.

Never has so much money been raised for relief so soon after a disaster, fund-raising experts say.

"This is a watershed moment. It's historic," said Albe Angel, founder and CEO of Give On the Go, whose company is helping Jean raise funds for his Yele Haiti Foundation.

Many of the celebrity tweets are directing people to Jean and his Yele Haiti Foundation. Users of mobile devices can make an instant donation of $5 to the charity by texting "Yele" to 501501. The charge later will appear on the donor's telephone bill.



Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/HaitiEarthquake/wyclef-j...





Haiti's Musician Wyclef Jean arrives at the airport in Port-au-Prince on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010, the day after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit his country.
(Lynne Sladky/AP Photo)
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riverwalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 08:56 PM
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1. to other grandmas
I have one of those new fangled cell phones for emergencies, with a mandatory top off, so I have a big balance just sitting there. So I have been texting all the money to Wyclef Jean and to the Red Cross all night. It feels good.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 09:45 PM
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3. to other AWESOME, COOL grandmas you mean
yes INDEED
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 09:44 PM
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2. kicking for Mr. Jean and Haiti
:thumbsup:
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Hawkeye-X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 10:06 PM
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4. I donated for Elvis and Wyclef
:)
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