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Facebook now allows you to donate to Ebola relief with a button on top of your News Feed

Facebook is bringing back the Donate button in the news feed, in order to make it easier to send money for the fight against Ebola.

Published onNovember 6, 2014


Facebook is no stranger to helping out in times of crisis. In the past, they’ve put a Donate button atop the main News Feed in order to help the Red Cross with Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Later, they posted a “Safety Check” that allows users to see areas that have recently been struck by natural disasters in order to help them make sure their families are okay. Oh, and don’t forget, Mark Zuckerberg also donated $25 million to help the fight to stop Ebola. Today, they’re bringing back the Donate button in order to make it easier to send money for the fight against Ebola.

The button will appear atop the News Feeds of 30 select countries, including the United States, beginning today. If you opt in, you can choose whether your money goes to the International Medical Corps, American Red Cross, or Save The Children. The donation process is simple, and is designed to make it easier for you to help fight the virus. For users who would much rather keep their credit card information to themselves, you can easily delete your info immediately after your donation goes through.

Not only is Facebook allowing users to donate directly through the app, they’re also paying for News Feed ads for UNICEF that help make users aware of Ebola safety areas in affected regions. What’s more, is that they’re also donating 100 satellite Internet hotspots through NetHope to remote regions of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone that don’t usually have access to the Internet. The satellites are for medical facilities so patients can keep in touch with loved ones as they’re battling the virus.

Facebook has 1.35 billion users around the world, so it’s really great to see them taking the steps to help fight this problem. Want to learn more about donating to these organizations? Head here to Facebook’s donation page.

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