updated 02:00 am EDT, Thu November 1, 2012
Donations benefit Red Cross for Sandy aid efforts
The US iTunes Store now features a section, accessible from the main page, that accepts donations to help with relief efforts on behalf of victims of hurricane Sandy. Apple has traditionally opened a page for Red Cross donations after disasters, and this one has preset amount options ranging from $5 up to $200. All of the donations will go directly to relief efforts, which are continuing as large sections of the ortheastern US are still without power and flooding is still an issue in areas. The area is slowly recovering, but major public safety, health and other challenges remain.
Users can donate using iTunes credit or using their credit card on file. The Red Cross is assisting with efforts all along the path of Sandy, including efforts in the other US states, as well as Haiti. At least 39 people have been killed in the US because of the storm, and millions are still without power. Haiti's death toll has risen to 54 thus far.