Apple has announced that it will begin taking donations to help support the Typhoon Haiyan Relief efforts via iTunes. According to Apple Insider, Apple is advertising the effort on its homepage to make it simple and quick for users to make their donations.
Apple iTunes is working with the American Red Cross to help raise money for the Typhoon Haiyan Relief efforts. Mashable reported that according to CNN, the storm killed at least 1,774 people, injured 2,487, and displaced another 660,000. Mashable went on to say that all contributions will be sent to the American Red Cross to “provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to victims.”
This isn’t the first time that Apple and iTunes has made made an effort to raise funds for those affected by disaster. According to Time, the most recent disaster that received funds from iTunes was Superstorm Sandy. Time says that for that disaster, Apple was able to raise $2.5 million for the relief effort.
Mashable reported that in addition to the iTunes option, “the United Nations World Food Programme, UNICEF, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity and plenty of other organizations allow you to donate online or via text.”
The Inquisitr reported earlier that in addition to Super Typhoon Haiyan, the Philippines was also struck with a 4.8 magnitude earthquake right before Tropical Depression Zoraida made landfall. While the earthquake was mild, Tropical Depression Zoraida dumped heavy rainfall on areas that are still trying to begin recovery from the Haiyan’s aftermath.
For those wishing to make donations to the Typhoon Relief efforts via iTunes, all customers have to do is go to the iTunes donation page and click on the donation option of their choosing. The options range from $5.00 to $200.00, and iTunes user can pay using their credit or debt cards that they have on file. Apple hopes that this method will make donating simple for customers who wish to donate to the Typhoon Haiyan Relief efforts.