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To help storm victims,
can the cans, and pass the cash

News Observer [Raleigh,NC], by Barry Saunders

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Posted By:Fiesta del sol, 11/1/2012 6:39:47 AM

Barry Porter doesn’t want you to take this the wrong way, but you can keep your canned corn, blankets and gently worn clothes.He wants your money.Or blood.Porter, regional executive director of the American Red Cross, told me Wednesday that, while the organization appreciates the donations of food, clothing and blankets, cash is better. "It’s easier to support the Red Cross with money,” he said, because money makes it easier for it to get what people need and to get what they need to them.

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I still remember 9/11, and Red Cross. Where does al of the money go? How much overhead do they have. Personally, I trust the Salvation Army.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: arminius, 11/1/2012 6:42:16 AM     (No. 8978772)

Red Cross: We can't expense travel and give our staff bonuses and fund our political buddies with cans and coats. Pls fork over cash. Kthxbai.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: raphaela, 11/1/2012 6:44:46 AM     (No. 8978773)

I rmember 9/11 too. They set monies 'aside' for future emergencies. I didn't believe it then. If they can't use canned foods and clothes, there are other organizations that can.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 11/1/2012 6:47:34 AM     (No. 8978777)

Salvation Army:

https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/Disaster

ASPCA - on the ground re Sandy rescues:

http://tinyurl.com/8z5js2t

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Loretta, 11/1/2012 6:48:19 AM     (No. 8978779)

# 1 is soooooo right. No money to Red Cross from me.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Kayworthy, 11/1/2012 6:48:57 AM     (No. 8978780)

What if you want to help but you have no cash? A can of corn can be passed on to a church or open pantry. I didn't realize charity had become so uppity.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Keekng, 11/1/2012 6:52:15 AM     (No. 8978782)

Whenever a person is panhandling and refuses a meal saying they just want the $$$$, beware.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: suejeanne, 11/1/2012 6:53:47 AM     (No. 8978783)

The Red Cross was so unprepared to handle all the donations of blood after 9/11, they had to burn it - they were UNPREPARED!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: tunnelrat, 11/1/2012 6:58:34 AM     (No. 8978790)

"It’s easier to support the Red Cross with money,"

Because the CEO makes about $700,000 per year, or so -- it ain't cheap to run a racket like this...

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 11/1/2012 7:00:35 AM     (No. 8978792)

I was going to add my 2¢ worth; but I see the Ldotters have it covered. I sent money to the Salvation Army. I know they won't save it or spend it on a computer-system upgrade as did the Red Cross after the first 9/11!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: StormCnter, 11/1/2012 7:03:12 AM     (No. 8978798)

I helped with Katrina victim relief in Louisiana. It was a joint FEMA/Red Cross effort. People donated everything in the world, some of it essential, a lot of it wasted. Too many clothing items and not enough frying pans. I'm in sympathy with those who say send money instead so the right purchases can be made. However, I was surprised to be approached by one of the Red Cross volunteers asking me for money for herself. She declared herself a victim and was very disappointed when I told her I only had 25 dollars with me.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: rayscain, 11/1/2012 7:04:24 AM     (No. 8978799)

Oh yes, time for the CEO to get a raise. Same for the CEO of the United Way.

I give my money to the charity of my choice thank you!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 11/1/2012 7:05:13 AM     (No. 8978802)

Judging from Ldotter comments, I don't think anyone here took Barry Porter the wrong way. Everyone seems to have a good understanding of exactly what he means.



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Reply 13 - Posted by: JackBurton, 11/1/2012 7:07:13 AM     (No. 8978804)

Cash can go anywhere, and does. I have heard that some cash goes to the Red Crescent.

Here are some cans, bucko.

BTW, I give blood through the red cross. There is no better organization to collect blood and distribute it (at a fee that should cover costs). But any thought that it is a humanitarian organization can be quickly dispelled by looking at the pay levels of the execs there.

Remember, Romney took no salary as governor of Massachusetts.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: pinger, 11/1/2012 7:12:35 AM     (No. 8978810)

Of course they want cash. They can fit only so many canned goods in their pantries at home....and how many blankets do you need? Plus, you can't pay bonuses to your execs in cans of chicken noodle soup.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: jorgecito, 11/1/2012 7:15:12 AM     (No. 8978814)

Great posts here. I was going to add my 2¢ too, but L.dotters have said it all.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Keekng, 11/1/2012 7:23:36 AM     (No. 8978823)

Everything I needed to know about the ARC, I leaarned from my brother. During WWII, in Europe, the ARC was selling coffee and donuts to GI's, the Salvation Army was giving GI's coffee and donuts.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: jerseytomato, 11/1/2012 7:24:30 AM     (No. 8978825)

After Andrea Mitchell and Martin Bashir slammed Romney's request for canned goods, etc., I made up my mind that the Red Cross will not get a single cent, nor a drop of my blood.

There are plenty of other Charities.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Muncsdad, 11/1/2012 7:36:42 AM     (No. 8978845)

Consider the agenda of this writer--an angry leftist black who regularly plays the race card in his attacks on Republicans.

Of course you want the money, Barry. But some of us a tired of forking over money to people who fake need, steal our cash and laugh at us for our generosity.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: susieq1, 11/1/2012 7:37:52 AM     (No. 8978847)

Donate to the Salvation Army.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: navybrat, 11/1/2012 7:40:55 AM     (No. 8978859)

I always donate to the Salvation Army.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Gorzabozo, 11/1/2012 7:48:42 AM     (No. 8978875)

Don't forget your local churches; especially your own church. If you get the feeling your own church will not properly handle the funds simply get up and walk out. And bring your tithe with you.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: pc1eszm, 11/1/2012 8:08:15 AM     (No. 8978908)

No way on God's green earth will the Red Cross EVER get a penny from me. It's Sally all the way-thanks for the link #3.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Muncssister, 11/1/2012 8:10:44 AM     (No. 8978915)

To really make sure your donation dollars get to the people who need them, give to local charities and local chapters of the Salvation Army. That way they get the money right away, instead for waiting for the national organization to process it, split it up, take out their admin costs etc.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: BirdsNest, 11/1/2012 8:23:24 AM     (No. 8978956)

Years ago in college a friend told me how the RC snubbed him when he needed help, but the SA came through for him. That opened my eyes. I have never given one penny to the RC but always put cash in the bell ringer's bucket. Every time I see one.
Yesterday in the store a young man came up to us asking for .38 to go with what he had to buy a loaf of bread and a liter of soda. DH gave him the coins in his pocket and the man thanked us. As we were leaving he showed DH the items in the bag. I don't mind giving someone $ for food but not alcohol.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: hurricanegirl, 11/1/2012 8:30:41 AM     (No. 8978977)

There are lots of great charities out there--not just two (ARC and Salvation Army). Personally, I like to donate to Samaritan's Purse. They have a stellar history of using the money where it's most needed. Of course, you can designate where it goes, too.

Or how about looking up some of the churches in and around NJ and NY and donating to them?

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Reply 26 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 11/1/2012 8:30:46 AM     (No. 8978978)

@22. In the process of doing just that.

Another good place for your $$ to go is to Glenn Beck's mercuryone.org. He said he had two trucks loaded and ready to go on Saturday, waiting for information on where to take it. He pays all the expenses so all the donations go to food and other needs. You may not remember, but back in the summer when he was having the big get together in Texas, and all the volunteers helping people, he sent at least 11 truckloads of food across the country, much to Indian reservations.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 11/1/2012 8:31:59 AM     (No. 8978984)

PS agree with above posters on ARC. Since I read how much their officers and board members are paid, they haven't gotten a penny from me and mine.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: dittohead, 11/1/2012 9:03:34 AM     (No. 8979061)

All that Solyndra money would have helped about now, huh?

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Reply 29 - Posted by: gaeditor, 11/1/2012 9:08:02 AM     (No. 8979075)

Right you are #16, and in WWI, too. In fact, we never donate to ARC because hubby's grandfather used to talk about how the ARC charged and the USO wouldn't. He was still mad about it in his 80's.

BTW, not only do those guys get huge salaries, they get gigantic perks, too. Like super-luxury cars and drivers, etc. The SA's guys take hardly anything.

When a family member was on the board of the Boys and Girls club in my hometown in Alabama a few years ago, she found out the director (who was marginally qualified for anything, was very young and had very lttle experience) made $90K a year -a huge sum for her tiny town. To top it off, they got the board to do so much, she wondered what exactly was left for the "Executive Director" to do.

Charities -and the government- run the biggest scams their are.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: mickturn, 11/1/2012 9:23:57 AM     (No. 8979121)

So where does all the money go? I know for sure the big wigs are paid very very well...to hades with the victims, we have bigger fish to fry, at our mansions!

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Reply 31 - Posted by: paral04, 11/1/2012 9:38:21 AM     (No. 8979152)

Yeah, The Red Cross can't take their cut if you give them goods.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: irishwolfielady, 11/1/2012 9:43:20 AM     (No. 8979165)

Yes, Red Cross charged in Bosnia also. Well "donations" from deployed soldiers were heavily requested.

Salvation Army for me also OP. Red Cross can stick it.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Wakeupcall, 11/1/2012 9:57:45 AM     (No. 8979207)

The Red Cross collected over $1 Billion dollar in donations for 911 victims. They say they paid out $500 Million and kept the other over $500 Million for future use.

Not only is the CEO overpaid for a charity but they have over 5,500 employees who earn over $65,000 per year.

I have not given them one thing after the 911 attack, never will again.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: SouthSanAntonio, 11/1/2012 10:26:06 AM     (No. 8979328)

I still remember after 9-11, how the Red Cross refused to help the spouses and children of some victims, but were very happy to give money to the homosexual ''partners'' of other victims.

Never another penny!!!!!

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Reply 35 - Posted by: whiskey, 11/1/2012 11:23:09 AM     (No. 8979566)

My industry wanted to donate a semi load of caned food to Katrina relief efforts.

Red Cross said "no thanks, send money."

Salvation Army said "how soon can we get it, we need to feed hungry people.

Think before you give.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: whiskey, 11/1/2012 11:30:31 AM     (No. 8979596)

FYI -- we delivered to location of the Sal. Army's choice and they used our reefer for five days for storage.

Tell me again, why money is so much better.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: kono, 11/1/2012 12:02:20 PM     (No. 8979719)

If the Red Cross considers themselves the right ones to decide which way is easiest for supporters to make contributions, then the needy should tell the Red Cross which way is easiest for the organization to provide them support, and supporters should tell the needy which way is easiest for them to receive aid from the organization.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: kono, 11/1/2012 12:07:04 PM     (No. 8979736)

PS: Consider St. Vincent de Paul as your charity of choice. Feeding the hungry on the streets is one of the bigger parts of their ministry to the poor. If you insist on keeping it secular, then Second Harvest. They only ask for cash to provide fresh dairy, fruit, vegetables, and meat that readily spoil when donated through them.

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