Texting a donation took off after the Haiti earthquake. But some question whether the phenomenon will last.
While $21 million in cellphone text-message donations poured into Haiti in the first 48 hours after the earthquake, only about $100,000 in total phone text donations have gone to Chile since the Feb. 27 earthquake.
Anyone wishing to donate to Chile earthquake relief efforts can now do so just by pressing a few buttons on his or her cellphone. After the Haiti earthquake in January, text donations totaled more than $40 million.
Americans gave more aid to Haiti in the first four days than for any other disaster, including hurricane Katrina.
Charities including the American Red Cross and hip-hop singer Wyclef Jean's Yéle Haiti have raised millions of dollars for earthquake relief through texted donations.