Sending a Text Message to Canada Saved a Woman in Haiti

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A Canadian woman trapped under rubble after the recent earthquake in Haiti managed to send out a text message to the Foreign Affairs Department in Ottawa, a place nearly 3,000 miles away. And it saved her life.


Once received, the text message was "relayed to Canadian diplomats back in Haiti" who then provided aid in the search for the woman. There's not much more information beyond that, but it's simply good to hear even the tiniest bit of encouraging and happy news in regards to this devastating event—particularly when it shows that a gadget and solid communication between diplomats can save a life.

Also, we've mentioned it before, but a reminder doesn't hurt: If you'd like to donate to an organization that can help in this situation, here are some ways to do so:


MSF/Doctors Without Borders
The American Red Cross International Response Fund
• Texting "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross International Response FUnd
• Online tech store SmallDog, who is matching any MSF/DWB donations up to $200

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Tony Kaye ⌨

Wyclef Jean is promoting some texting thing too. It's like text 'YELE' to ##### to donate or help or something.