iTunes Store Accepting Donations to Support Earthquake Relief in Japan and Ecuador

Apple today added banners to the iTunes and App Stores allowing customers to donate to the American Red Cross in support of people affected by the earthquakes that hit Ecuador and Japan last week.

Donations made through iTunes and the App Store can be placed using credit cards already on file with Apple, making the donation process simple. Customers are able to donate $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or $200 to relief efforts. 100% of all donations made through iTunes will be given to the American Red Cross. [Direct Link to Donations]

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48 people have died in Japan and thousands more were injured after magnitude 6.2 and 7.0 earthquakes hit southwest Japan on April 14 and 16, causing severe damage in the Kumamoto and Ōita prefectures. More than 140 aftershocks have also affected the region.

In Ecuador, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit approximately 110 miles from Quito on April 16, killing more than 500 people and injuring thousands more.

Apple has used the iTunes Store donation method multiple times in the past to raise money for charity, most recently accepting donations in September to support the refugee and migration crisis across the Mediterranean Sea and Europe. Other previous relief effort fundraising campaigns have included the 2015 Nepal earthquake, the 2013 Phillippines typhoon, Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami, and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

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Top Rated Comments

autrefois Avatar
108 months ago
This would be great if the American Red Cross wasn't a total sham.
For those who may not be aware, here's an article with some of their past problems.

http://money.cnn.com/2010/02/01/news/economy/red-cross-donations/

Hopefully they've been doing better the past few years, but Doctors Without Borders is still the charity I trust for tragedies like this.

http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
btrach144 Avatar
108 months ago
Congratulations. Three whole posts before someone went negative. Nice.
Updated my post to offer an alternative. Red Cross doesn't know how to manager their money. Maybe you're okay with that but some aren't. I'm just pointing that out and providing an alternative. Not negative, just wise.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
btrach144 Avatar
108 months ago
This would be great if the American Red Cross wasn't a total sham.

Edit: Catholic Relief Services gives 93% of all donations to their programs, which is higher than most charities. If you want the most bang for your buck, check them out:

http://www.crs.org/
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bladerunner2000 Avatar
108 months ago
I'll donate if Apple matches my donation.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
campyguy Avatar
108 months ago
I feel for the victims, and I will offer donations personally and through my small business. I applaud Apple for getting behind this, and have used this donation method before to donate to Red Cross. I donated to the effort related to the earthquake and following tragedies in Haiti, then read this NPR expose:
https://www.propublica.org/article/how-the-red-cross-raised-half-a-billion-dollars-for-haiti-and-built-6-homes?utm_source=et&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailynewsletter&utm_content=&utm_name=#

It wasn't just the home-building results that turned me off to the RC, but all of the other support work they just didn't follow up on. There's no way that my money is getting funneled through those, well, I can't type here what I'm thinking about the Red Cross... This last bit is IMHO.

Doctors Without Borders gets my funds to assist with these disasters.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
usarioclave Avatar
108 months ago
Don't give to the Red Cross; you'd be better off burning your money. They're this close to being a scam. And I donate blood regularly (different division).
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)