AT&T Launches Initiatives to Aid Haiti Quake Victims
Company announces grant to Telecoms Sans Frontieres, the leading relief agency specializing in restoration of emergency telecommunications. Wireless Customers Can Text Donations to Red Cross Using Their AT&T Mobile Devices
Dallas, Texas, January 13, 2010
AT&T* (NYSE:T) is offering assistance to earthquake victims in Haiti by providing support to two international relief agencies.
The AT&T Foundation is providing a $50,000 donation to Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) to support their relief work on disasters in Haiti and around the globe. Télécoms Sans Frontières is the leading international humanitarian organization specializing in emergency telecommunications.
TSF have deployed an emergency team from their American base in Managua to provide vital support for emergency telecommunications in Haiti, taking with them satellite mobile and fixed telecommunications tools. TSF’s international headquarters in France will also send reinforcements. They are now flying to Haiti, in close contact with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO).
“We are pleased to support Télécoms Sans Frontières in their mission to Haiti and other disasters around the globe,” said Laura Sanford, AT&T Foundation president. “We have a long-standing relationship with the organization and admire the excellent work they do.”
Wireless customers of AT&T* (NYSE:T) can send $10 donations to the Red Cross International Relief Fund by typing the word HAITI and sending it to 90999 via text message from their mobile device.
A confirmation message will arrive within a few minutes, to which the customer replies “yes” to finalize the donation.
100 percent of all money donated will be passed on to the Red Cross.
The funds raised through the program go to the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to the thousands of victims in Haiti.
“AT&T is pleased to be a participating carrier in this program,” said Ralph de la Vega, president and chief executive officer of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “In addition to the generosity of its subscribers, AT&T has donated $200,000 this year to the American Red Cross for emergency relief as part of a five-year, $1 million commitment.”
The donations will appear as a line-item on the customer’s bill or be debited from a prepaid account.
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