Apple community raises over $13 million for disaster recovery

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Tim Cook
Apple made a huge contribution to Hand in Hand.
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North America has been getting its ass kicked by natural disasters the last two months and Apple users have stepped up big help in the recovery efforts.

More than $13 million in donations have poured in from the Apple community to help relief efforts related to hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. And according to a new blog post from Apple, the donations are still pouring in.

Apple donates $1 million to Mexico earthquake relief

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Mexico City
Search and rescue teams are still looking for people trapped under collapsed buildings.
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Apple’s generous spirit and its bank account continue to keep on giving in light of another major disaster, this time in Mexico.

The company already donated millions of dollars to relief efforts for hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Now Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed that the company is sending money to Mexico to help clean up the damage done by the recent earthquake.

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Satellite image of Hurricane Irma.
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Siri helps save life of teen stranded in Hurricane Harvey flooding

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On this occasion, Siri was a real life lifesaver.
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Siri is being credited as helping save the life of a critically-ill teenager in Texas, who was trapped on a roof with her family due to flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.

After calls to 911 and pleas on Facebook and Instagram failed to yield results, the 14-year-old — who suffers from sickle cell anemia — asked Siri for help. Siri proceeded to place calls with the U.S. Coast Guard, which resulted in the family being rescued.

You can now donate to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts via iTunes

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Hurricane Harvey
1,000+ people have so far been displaced due to Hurricane Harvey.
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Apple has updated its iTunes desktop and mobile storefronts to start accepting American Red Cross donations for the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Tim Cook asked users to join the relief effort in a post made on Twitter over the weekend.

Apple is giving users the option of donating to the cause in $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or $200 increments.