We reported yesterday on the efforts of Sprint to return service to Hurricane Gustav affected areas, and it seems Alltel has been no different in their commitment to mobile users in and around the Gulf Coast. Alltel takes matters one step further however, giving away a couple of freebies to those forced to evacuate because of the storm. Those affected by mandatory evacuations have been granted 1,000 free nationwide minutes as well as unlimited text messaging for a limited time. Alltel customers eligible for these goodies will have until September 12th to take advantage.
Alltel is also encouraging customers to make donations to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund on behalf of hurricane-affected citizens. Customers of the service can send $5 donations via sending a text message. They need only type keyword “GIVE” to 2HELP (24357). Once the confirmation message arrives a few minutes later, a reply of “YES” will confirm the donation. These will be accepted through Oct. 31st.
“Many of our customers along the Gulf Coast suffered a significant blow from Hurricane Gustav,” said Joanna Miller, Alltel’s vice president of business solutions for Louisiana and Mississippi. “We all know the communities of the Gulf Coast are resilient, and Alltel wants to help our neighbors as they work through the recovery process.”
The free minutes and texts will be added to the accounts of any individuals and businesses with addresses in the affected counties and parishes. In Louisiana, the parishes are: Ascension, Assumption, Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Vermillion and Washington. In Mississippi, the counties are: Hancock, Harrison and Jackson. Alabama’s Baldwin County is also included.
It’s good to see a company of Alltel’s stature doing something, even if it’s just small, to help in relief and give back to the community.
Full press release here.