Sheila_McSly: I've been a Red Cross volunteer for 8 years. I'm about to deploy to the Sandy disaster area. .
RanDomino: Iceberg659I'm sure the Red Cross has a large presence in the areaWhat makes you so sure?
Ficoce: Sheila_McSly: I've been a Red Cross volunteer for 8 years. I'm about to deploy to the Sandy disaster area. .Thank you for being so honest. I've been a big SA supporter in the past. I've kind of slacked off in the last few years and I doubt I'll ever give again.I'm not saying there's much fraud involved, but if your description is true - the outfit seems to be greatly mismanaged. A $3.4B/yr tax exempt corporation can't do better than rental cars and hotel rooms?
Pray 4 Mojo: This is why you don't donate money to these relief groups... instead you just go wherever the disaster is right after it happens and dive around looking for people you can help.Trust me... it's the best way. They only ask that people stay away to maintain their monopoly on the relief industry.
Bunkyb123: They used all the peer pressure and cult-like tactics they could think of to make everyone sign cards giving them automatic payments from every paycheck. The cards were placed in front of each person at a table and you looked like a jerk if you didn't sign up. I didn't though. They were pushy, creepy, and acted entitled. I'm sure you know who I'm talking about.
Ficoce: The company makes over $3B. Taking just $100M of that - take it into an area that's the hardest hit and most in need - that's a $1000/victim for an area with 100,000 victims. A grand is a lot to spend with all the donated resources. I could buy each a sleeping bag and tooth brush with cash left over to feed them prime rib for a couple months. For that kind of money jets could be chartered to fly victims out; spread them out a little and the impact wouldn't be as great.
Sheila_McSly: I agree with you that the rental cars/hotel rooms thing is not super efficient. But it takes a long time for Red Cross culture to change. And in the meantime workers have to eat, sleep & get to and from the work site.
Fibro: BarkingUnicorn: Red Cross press release archive, if anyone's interested in their side of the story.Wow, they picked the worst font on the internet for the "Public Still Plans to Give to Charities During the Holidays" section... ugh.Also, press releases don't really count as a side to a story.
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