While some may be celebrating Fat Tuesday today by whipping up some of YumSugar's yummy recipes, New Orleans, the city which has always championed the Fat Tuesday festivities, is sill recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Apparently the city is turning to text-messaged donations in an effort to defray the costs of Mardi Gras and of course, rebuild the areas that are still very much affected by the devastation. City officials are working with PayPal, a money-transfer website, to raise funds via text-message and online giving, said the AP.
Costs of the Carnival celebration, which concludes Tuesday, include $4 million to $5 million for police overtime, trash pickup on parade routes and other public expenses. The Text to Give program will run for a year, but the goal is to raise $1 million. How can you help?
Text to Give, which is being run by PayPal, allows mobile phone users to text message their donations to the City of New Orleans. After activating their PayPal account for PayPal Mobile, donors can text the keyword NOLA to shortcode 78787 to make a donation.
PayPal Mobile's Text to Give has become an added part of the Mardi Gras Sponsorship & Support Program to offset event related costs, as well as help build the city's infrastructure. Funds collected through the service will be directed to the city and be used for police, fire protection, emergency services and sanitation during Mardi Gras, as well as help build roads, public buildings, power systems or other damaged infrastructure thereafter.