As the news of the devastation in Japan following Friday’s earthquake continues to mount, companies from all sectors are trying to find ways to ease the donation process for people looking to help. As with most natural disasters, the Red Cross is leading the way with offering assistance to those in the impacted areas, but unlike times in the past, donating to this aid organization has never been easier.
Apple has opened up a page in the iTunes Store that will allow you to use your account to make a donation. When you enter the store, just look for the “Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief” button with the Red Cross symbol on it. When you enter the page you will be given the opportunity to make a donation in the amounts of $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 or $200, with 100% of the funds going to the Red Cross. The charge will appear on your credit card as an iTunes Store purchase, and you will receive an e-mail confirmation from Apple. As no personal information is transmitted, you will not be hearing anything from the Red Cross itself.
For those who may not have an Apple account and would still like to donate to the Red Cross, you can do so via their website. Those in the United States can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 that will be charged to your monthly bill. You can find more information about how to donate in your country by visiting their site.
[iTunes tip via appledeveloper1 on Twitter]