The recent weather-created destruction of Hurricane Sandy has affected just about everyone. If you have not personally been pummeled by windstorms, drenched by rainfall or left without power, chances are you know someone who has. Apple has recently posted a donation page on iTunes to help the American Red Cross get food and supplies to those affected by the damage.
Apple’s special donation page gives you the opportunity to donate $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 or $200. Apple will not keep any portion of your donation for expenses or fees. iTunes will transfer 100 percent of the donation directly to the American Red Cross.
If you do donate, you will not receive acknowledgement from the American Red Cross for tax purposes. Apple doesn’t give out personal information, so they can’t give the them your email. Your iTunes email, plus your account statement and your credit card bill will show a purchase to the America Red Cross. However, Apple doesn’t guarantee that your donation will be tax deductable.
If you have ever donated to an organization for relief efforts before, you’ll know that Apple’s format is better than most. For one thing, they don’t take a penny for themselves. Third-party donation organizations tend to keep a percentage for expenses. Additionally, when you donate money, your name and personal information will often get put onto a list that organizations use to request help from you later. Because Apple won’t give out your email address to the American Red Cross, you can be assured that they won’t come knocking on your door every time there is a natural disaster somewhere in the world.
Visit the iTunes donation page to help send food, shelter and other supplies to those affected by Hurricane Sandy and other disasters.