Thursday, January 20, 2011

Leftover Prepaid Minutes? Do Some Good

Yesterday I said goodbye to some old friends: those minutes I purchased for my AT&T GoPhone last fall. It was sad to see them go, but I got them just for a post-Christmas trip to Mexico. I handed the phone to my nephew and told him to see if he can play with some expensive apps or something. He couldn't get it to work because the technology in the phone was too dated for him to figure out. So the minutes went away.

That bothered me, and I thought there must be others in the same situation who has no need for their leftover minutes. I was verbally abused by a family member that I could have given the money for those minutes to the Red Cross, or a number of other organizations. Now I felt even worse...until I found out my minutes hadn't expired yet. I always note the calendar a day early. I felt like Ebenezer Scrooge waking up and finding it was still Christmas Day...I hadn't missed it! I gave it all!

The most popular Text donation is $10 to "HAITI" at 90999, but even better is the Red Cross “2HELP” (24357) containing "GIVE", to donate $5 to their general Disaster Relief Fund. There are a bunch of other donation codes. Oh yes, you can spend it on a few other things like Ringtones and apps. Just don't leave those Leftovers on the table.

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