Jan 14th, 2010

We just got this Email from Mike A. in our inbox and felt compelled to share it:

Hey guys,
In light of recent events in Haiti I thought this would be an appropriate post on a cell phone website.

To donate $10 dollars to the American Red Cross, text “Haiti” to 90999 and the donations will go towards the relief effort.

Not trying to be all preachy and what not but you guys are always community friendly and it would make you guys look phenomenal for this simple post.

Love your site and bought my moto droid because of you guys haha

We try to MOSTLY stick to Android-focused stuff but I think Mike makes a great point that THIS is a wonderful time to take a slight deviation. The people of Haiti have been absolutely DEVASTATED. The country, which already wasn’t… exactly in the top tier in terms of living standards, has just experienced a disaster so horrifying that I can’t imagine/fathom.

In a CNET article about Tech Companies pitching in for relief efforts, I saw a picture that literally made me sick to my stomach and my eyes welled up a little bit. It’s impossible to put yourself in their shoes but this picture of survivors being pulled from the rubble is absolutely heart breaking:

(Photo Credit: Daniel Morel/CBS)

We usually use our phones for fun, amusement, information, convenience and other “realistic” purposes. I know our own economy isn’t exactly in the best shape and I don’t want to pressure people or guilt people into donating. But if you can afford it… it would be an exceptional thing to do.

There are a lot of wonderful charities out there dedicated to amazing causes – but few are based on such an immediate need with a direct affect on life or death.

THE LAST thing I wanted to do was promote some type of mass mail scam where some jerk capitalized on a world tragedy for their own gain in the form of a fraudulent chain mail so I did some research to double check – it is 100% legit. Redcross has posted the donation opportunity on their newsroom website and whether your’e donating to a charity or downloading an app from Android market, we always suggest you do your research first as ABC news urges.

To re-iterate what Mike said, I don’t mean to get all preachy but on a site dedicated to cell phones I can’t think of a more positive way to use your phone today. If you don’t want to donate or can’t donate, it’s all good – we’re still homies!