Friday, September 09, 2005

Red Cross Ripoff?

A trapper buddy of mine who is ferrying supplies to the Katrina victims had this to say of the Red Cross:

The first run was pretty much covered , the next run is far from it. Have 2 pickup truck loads of clothes and canned stuff in my garage so far and we just started the local drives yesterday.Red Cross is pretty much tying our hands at the corporate levels but we are making good headway with local businesses.I cannot believe the greed factor that is going on. Dont send food and clothing , send money! A Big BS and KMA to them. they are actually taking some peoples names and expecting them to repay for the help they are giving out, as in hot meals.Choose to believe or not , but them is the facts as of right now. watching MSNBD right now and they are firing it real straight as to what is going on with Fema and Red cross. Send your money to them , but where the **** are they? They are tying everbodys hands not just ours , so I say to **** with them , I am going to keep running stuff til it is over.

Is this really what you wan't your donations to do?

I found the same problems trying to get a truck to bring a load of supplies down. Check this out from the U-Haul website:

The American Red Cross has specifically asked us to encourage monetary donations only, as this is the best and most efficient way to get relief to those in need. Managing the flow of unsolicited donations hinders the effort to provide disaster relief in a timely manner.

What!?! "Hinders" disaster releif? Come on. Any releif sent would be going to outlying rural areas where there is NO releif. The Red Cross are concentrating in the cities (where trucks would be turned away by the military anyways).

The Red Cross helps, and we should continue to donate but enough with the beurocracy and turf battles...

BTW, anybody know where I can find a truck...

(note: this story is a rerun from yesterday...I missed the BT aggre-gator)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its always the same bullshit aint it. Remember the tsunami?

2:38 PM  
Blogger "Expert" Tom said...

Well don't feel too bad, the red cross had the same thing done to them by the Louisiana state government (see this article). wtf is wrong with these people?

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The CBC reported (Sept. 7)that 20,000 Canadian cots and blankets were being sent down in 20 trucks from the Quebec division of the Canadian Red Cross.

7:29 PM  
Blogger 49erDweet said...

I can see it both ways, a little. But your idea is 'spot on'. Take a load of relief supplies to the rural area of Missisip or 'Bama, and just bypass the national ARC. Once you get close you should be able to hook-up with a small town RC or SA outpost that would truly appreciate your help!

In fact, I would be happy to be a 24 hour telephone contact site for you and four or five others, and could search the web as any of you get near the area and call me for 'hook-up' possibilities. Got the latest maps and everything available on-line, and am not afraid to make some phone calls, so leave a comment with your contact information on my homepage blog if you want that type of help.

Remember, FEMA provides resources and the states and locals direct their application. None of them in LA have anything to be proud of, but MS and AL seem to be much more on the ball.

Truth be told, ARC has lots of supplies arranged for in the pipeline. They do need money to operate, pass around, provide housing for relief workers, etc. So I think they are being honest about the need, but I sure don't like the 'charging for services' bit - at all! That needs exposing!

8:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is always the Salvation Army. There help is free and they aren't promoting themselves like the Red Cross but they are still doing great work , as they always do when help is needed.

8:25 PM  
Blogger alsocanadian said...

Thanks 49'er. Still workikng on the truck though...

Hey Marcy, the Sally Anne and various religous organisations arn't letting their "hands be tied"! They're just getting the job done...

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alert to Helpful Canadian Persons: avoid the American Red Cross like the plague. They're famous for being greedy thieves, haven't you heard? Salvation Army is at the other end of the scale: truly charitable and efficient. Put your money there if anywhere.

10:49 AM  
Anonymous cleananglingpledge said...

Really effective info, thanks so much for the post.

12:26 PM  

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