Verizon waives calling charges to Haiti

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Verizon is waiving calling charges for its wireless and landline consumer and business customers to Haiti until August 31.

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. - Following this weekend’s 7.2 earthquake in Haiti, Verizon will waive charges for calls from its residential and business wireless and landline customers to Haiti, from Aug. 18 through Aug. 31.

"In this time of need, we know customers are trying to reach loved ones in Haiti," said Ronan Dunne, executive vice president and CEO of Verizon Consumer Group for Verizon. "Waiving the calling charges will help our customers focus on tracking down and keeping in touch with family and friends without having to also worry about the cost."

Beginning Wednesday (Aug. 18), all calls made from a Verizon residential or business landline and wireless phones to Haiti will be rated at $0.00 per minute.

Additionally, customers with international coverage plans can call Haiti without using any minutes from their time-allotment blocks.

Text to Donate to provide relief to Haiti

Verizon’s wireless customers can help with relief to those affected in Haiti. Here are a number of organizations you can donate to via text-to-donate. Please note, the donations will be applied to your wireless bill:

Save the Children has a long history of responding to natural disasters, including the 2010 earthquake in Haiti which left more than 220,000 people dead. You can donate $10 by texting DONATE to 20222.

UNICEF is working with government and non-government partners to provide support to affected communities. You can donate $10 by texting GIVE to 80100.

World Central Kitchen has boots on the ground and is preparing stations in safe zones in order to provide nutritious meals in this time of need to families, volunteers and anyone affected by the earthquake. You can donate $10 by texting FOOD to 80100.

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