Red Cross Donation

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, there's pretty extensive damage up in the Northeast. If you'd like to help, Verizon has been facilitating $10 donations to the Red Cross from customers by texting REDCROSS to 90999, and is now offering to help out even more. The first $1 million donated by customers will be matched by Verizon directly, and in addition it is offering another $200,000 to various nonprofit organizations in New York and New Jersey to help with the relief efforts.

Consider passing on the latte for a day and donate, be it through Verizon or directly to a charity, and help out some people in need.

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Verizon Foundation Pledges $1.2 Million to Provide Relief to Hurricane Sandy Victims

Foundation to Match Customer Text Donations up to $1 Million to the American Red Cross; Will Also Donate Additional $200,000 for New Jersey and New York Relief

BASKING RIDGE, N.J.Nov. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Verizon Foundation will match $1 millionbeing raised by customers through the Verizon Text to Donate program to the American Red Cross to help provide immediate relief to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  Verizon Wireless customers can make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999.  To provide additional relief, the Verizon Foundation is also donating $200,000 to nonprofit agencies in New Jersey and New York that are assisting with local efforts.  In addition, the foundation is providing a 2-to-1 match of employee online donations to the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

"Our hearts go to those impacted by this disaster, and we are leveraging our resources to help mend communities," said Rose Stuckey Kirk, president of the Verizon Foundation.  "From our employees who are working round-the-clock to reconnect our customers, to our support of national and local relief agencies, we are committed to supporting our communities, especially in times of crisis."

Text messaging fees will be waived, and 100 percent of each donation goes directly to the American Red Cross.  Verizon Wireless customers who pay monthly bills will see their donations on the next regular monthly bill. For customers using the company's prepaid services, donations will be taken from customers' prepaid balances.     

Additional Help and Support From Verizon

  • Charge Your Devices: To support those in areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy, Verizon Wireless has also set up multiple mobile device charging stations to assist those still without power.
  • Wireless Service: For more information on Verizon Wireless efforts related to Hurricane Sandy, visit the Emergency Information Center.
  • Report a Problem: Customers can contact Verizon online at to report any wireline service-related issues; or call 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966). Please note that hold times will be longer than normal due to higher calling volumes.
  • Enterprise Updates: Regular news updates from Verizon Enterprise Solutions are located

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Reader comments

Verizon pledging to match Red Cross text donations up to $1 million


I donated to the Catholic charities of Brooklyn and Queens at which is way better than paying fat salaries to the red cross higher ups. Don't really know what their called.

Boy, everybody wins with this one! Verizon gets good press, their customers get revenge and make Big Red pay, and, oh yeah, the money goes to disaster relief. Score! Too bad I don't have Verizon :-D

Actually Verzion wins big for this. Gathering a charitable donation from your customers is one of the best ideas a business can have even from a purely business perspective. Never mind the free press and advertising. The majority (at a minimum in this case, half) of the donation is obtained by charging you for it. Then, when they give it to the Red Cross, they get one giant tax donation write off. In addition to that, they get to tack on fees for processing and managing the donations.

I'm not saying you shouldn't give as the Red Cross still gets the money, but you could give it directly to them or to another charity and at the same time get the tax deduction yourself instead of letting big red have it.

You beat me to it, we give $10. Verizon matches the $1 million with their $1 million, and they claim the FULL tax deduction.

I'm not saying not to give or to only give because of the potential tax deduction. But, this same thing applies when you give at grocery stores. This loophole needs to be closed.

Well firstly tax deduction does not equal a tax credit. I'm not saying you don't know the difference, but so many people get the two confused.

Secondly, the deductions should NOT be wiped away completely... just lowered and adjusted so that its not abused... as some companies do. Look, I hate Verizon as much as anyone, but let's be sensible here. We don't want to take away incentives away from American businesses to collect and give to charities. Many times they are in the best position to collect and manage large amounts of donations for good causes.


Believe it or not, I have many years of experience in this subject. It just so happens that I am an accountant with a love of technology that frequents this site. You are correct that deductions and credits are different. Google what I have posted and you should find many comments about those MDA Cancer and other grocery store donations that customers makes that the retailer takes credit for publicly and on their tax returns . Verizon is making plenty of money they could straight up donate $2 million without the donations of their customers.

Are you saying you would be okay with you donating $50 somebody adding 50 and claiming they gave the entire $100?