Apple Urges iTunes Donations for Hurricane Maria, Says $13 Million Raised by Community
Apple announced today the Apple community has generated over $13 million USD towards natural disaster relief efforts, since Hurricane Harvey and Irma, the earthquakes in Mexico and more recently Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico.
Apple Store employees were among the thousands of volunteers assisting in Texas, Florida and Mexico and other regions hard hit by natural disasters. Teams were quick to re-open Apple Stores to provide charging and Wi-Fi for many affected.
To raise donations for relief efforts in Puerto Rico and other U.S. communities, Apple says donations to the Red Cross can be made in iTunes and the App Store. Donations to the Red Cross and the Hand in Hand relief benefit (for Hurricane Harvey/Irma) have already surpassed $2 million USD.
Apple says they are matching employee donations to recovery efforts two-to-one. So far, the company has donated:
- $1 million to the American Red Cross and UNICEF for Hurricane Maria relief
- $1 million to GlobalGiving for earthquake recovery efforts in Mexico
- $5 million to the Hand in Hand telethon which benefits communities in Texas and Florida
Canadians can also make donations to the Canadian Red Cross to help those affected by Hurricane Maria, as the option is available in iTunes and the App Store here, as well.