Apple and Amazon are now taking donations to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Every penny of your donations made through iTunes will be transferred to the American Red Cross, while Amazon and Whole Foods have vowed to match up to $1 million in cash donations.
Hurricane Harvey hit the U.S. late last week, causing catastrophic flooding in Texas. Some areas have seen as much as ten feet of water, and more than 300,000 people have been left without electricity. Technology giants are now doing their bit to help by making it easier for customers to donate to those in need.
Apple, as it often does when disasters like this occur, is accepting donations through iTunes. The company allows customers to pledge $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or $200 — and 100 percent of every donation is passed onto the American Red Cross, which is providing relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey victims.
Meanwhile, Amazon and Whole Foods Market are taking donations through the Amazon Smile website, and have promised to match cash donations of up to $1 million total. “Your donation enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster,” the retail giant says.
Although Hurricane Harvey has now been downgraded to a tropical storm, it is continuing to cause damage across Texas. It is already considered the worst disaster in Texan history, according to FEMA, and it is expected to take “many years” for the state to recover.