Taken Question
Robert Wood
Deputy Department Spokesman, Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 2, 2009

Question: How much money has been raised through the texting campaign for humanitarian aid for Pakistan?

Answer: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported that as of June 1, 2009, a total of $135,008 in private donations from U.S. sources for humanitarian aid to Pakistan had been received. Of that total, $31,390 was received via 5,722 text messages.

The remainder included $84,702 received via 439 online donations; and $18,916 by mail and from major donors.

PRN: 2009/536