Apple once more accepting Red Cross donations, this time for California wild fires

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As wildfires in California continue to take their toll, Apple has reactivated iTunes donations to help support the American Red Cross relief efforts for those affected.




Apple this week updated its official homepage and iTunes landing page with American Red Cross banners and links that direct to a contribution page dedicated to California wildfire relief. The site includes quick payment options that allow users to contribute $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 or $200 toward ongoing relief efforts with just a couple taps.

Customers who donate through iTunes will see 100 percent of proceeds go directly to Red Cross. The organization is unable to further acknowledge donations as Apple does not share personal user information with outside entities.

Apple has held similar donation drives in the past, often providing prominent placement on its official website and within the iTunes Store and App Store on iPhones and iPads.

The brutal Carr Fire has affected Shasta County, as well as the town of Redding, and is now ranked as the sixth most destructive fire in California's history. With California's dry weather, fires have become more common and have caused some serious damage. More than 125,000 acres and 1,500 homes have been destroyed or severely damaged so far, with six deaths blamed on the blaze.

In the past, Apple has activated the iTunes donation mechanism for wildfires, floods, and other natural disasters.

Those who wish to donate can do so directly the iTunes Store and App Store on their iPhone or iPad or can redcross.org.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    asciiascii Posts: 5,941member
    I like that iTunes lets you give donations without also giving your personal information. The two main charities I have given to directly in the past (one that sponsored poor kids to help them afford textbooks and a proper school uniform, and the other being Wikipedia) both nagged me endlessly for more money once they had my contact info.
  • Reply 2 of 11
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,185member
    Why would anyone contribute to people who lost their homes in a fire? Surely they have homeowner's insurance? And those who were completely irresponsible and went without insurance will surely be taken care of by the ridiculously wasteful State of California... Get ready for yet another tax increase!
  • Reply 3 of 11
    I wish Apple would have more than one charity. I’ve never been a fan of Red Cross. Too many scandals over the years. Much prefer Salvation Army. 

    However, it’s still a wonderful gesture. 
    SpamSandwich
  • Reply 4 of 11
    deminsddeminsd Posts: 143member
    With a TRILLION Dollars of worth, you'd think Apple could at least MATCH the donations to give some extra benefit/reason for donating through Apple.  What's the point of donating through Apple instead of with the Red Cross directly?
    tokyojimu
  • Reply 5 of 11
    asciiascii Posts: 5,941member
    Why would anyone contribute to people who lost their homes in a fire? Surely they have homeowner's insurance? And those who were completely irresponsible and went without insurance will surely be taken care of by the ridiculously wasteful State of California... Get ready for yet another tax increase!
    Yep, people who gets hit by a once in a hundred year disaster its easy to feel sorry for, but people who build their homes where there's naturally occuring fires or hurricanes every year, it's like c'mon bros, don't do that. A responsible government would just mark those areas off-limits for development.
  • Reply 6 of 11
    flydogflydog Posts: 298member
    Why would anyone contribute to people who lost their homes in a fire? Surely they have homeowner's insurance? And those who were completely irresponsible and went without insurance will surely be taken care of by the ridiculously wasteful State of California... Get ready for yet another tax increase!
    You're truly a wonderful person.  Not only do you not donate, but you denigrate those who do.

    Just FYI, no not everyone has homeowner's insurance.  Even if they do, it may take some of these homeowners months to receive a check, and that check may not cover all losses. In fact it may not be enough to rebuild the home.

    Hopefully karma will deal with you soon.
    Soli
  • Reply 7 of 11
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,185member
    deminsd said:
    With a TRILLION Dollars of worth, you'd think Apple could at least MATCH the donations to give some extra benefit/reason for donating through Apple.  What's the point of donating through Apple instead of with the Red Cross directly?
    I believe it's because of the convenience and trust. If you use Apple, you have a pretty good idea they're not collecting money which will end up in some criminal's bank account.
  • Reply 8 of 11
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 4,631member
    deminsd said:
    With a TRILLION Dollars of worth

    Market cap is not the same as cash!

    Jesus Christ. 

    🤦🏾‍♂️




    macxpress
  • Reply 9 of 11
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 4,631member
    Why would anyone contribute to people who lost their homes in a fire? Surely they have homeowner's insurance? And those who were completely irresponsible and went without insurance will surely be taken care of by the ridiculously wasteful State of California... Get ready for yet another tax increase!
    Maybe they can’t get insurance because they live in a high-risk area. 
  • Reply 10 of 11
    SoliSoli Posts: 8,966member
    Rayz2016 said:
    Why would anyone contribute to people who lost their homes in a fire? Surely they have homeowner's insurance? And those who were completely irresponsible and went without insurance will surely be taken care of by the ridiculously wasteful State of California... Get ready for yet another tax increase!
    Maybe they can’t get insurance because they live in a high-risk area. 
    And everything Flydog said, plus all the people that rent that lost their homes, and all the medical issues that come from massive wild fires, with at least 60 people missing and  at least one firefighter dead; but, hey, Spam says fuck all those people for being irresponsible.
  • Reply 11 of 11
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,896member
    deminsd said:
    With a TRILLION Dollars of worth, you'd think Apple could at least MATCH the donations to give some extra benefit/reason for donating through Apple.  What's the point of donating through Apple instead of with the Red Cross directly?

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