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Like many other people, I don't feel entirely comfortable putting a donations box at the end of my driveway. First, there's the issue of security. And second, there's the issue of integrity (my display is located in Pittsburgh and there was a house in Pittsburgh a few years ago that was taking 50% of the donations to fund their electrical bill without disclosing it to contributors). Still, I would like to find someway I can donate my time and electricity to a greater cause. While watching the Hurricane Sandy concert on television, during which viewers were encouraged to donate via text message, I started thinking that this might be the perfect solution to my problem. I can use my display to encourage charity without having to collect it myself. Cut out the middle man (so to speak).

My family likes to support the Make-A-Wish foundation. I contacted them to see if they accept donations via text message and it turns out they do. All you need to do is text the word "WISH" to 80088 to donate $10 to the cause. They were very clear to state the following:

$10.00 donation to Make-A-Wish. Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Message and Data Rates May Apply.
Text STOP to 80088 to STOP. Text HELP to 80088 for HELP
. Full Terms:

I am thinking of creating an audio voiceover for my viewers that encourages them to donate (and also includes all the detailed information that was provided to me by the Make-A-Wish foundation). I'm wondering two things:

  1. Is anyone currently doing this? If so, how is it working for you?

  2. Can someone with the ability to create voiceovers donate their time to create one so many of us that support the Make-A-Wish foundation but don't currently collect donations might be able to easily add it to our shows?



Edited by jimbucks227

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Now that's a cool idea. I read on another post about donation boxes how some people seem hesitant to get out of their cars to make a donation. A text donation system would be both convenient and secure. Did this work well for you in 2012?

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