Skip to comments.Texas governor voiced 'concern' about Red Cross after Harvey
Posted on 11/02/2017 1:27:06 PM PDT by Elderberry
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday he raised concerns with the American Red Cross following Hurricane Harvey that hundreds of millions of dollars in donations wasn't getting to people who need it.
His comments heaped another powerful voice onto questions surrounding the organization's response to the Category 4 storm that struck Texas in August and left behind what may become the costliest natural disaster cleanup in U.S. history.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett have previously discouraged donors from giving to the Red Cross after blaming the organization for problems at emergency shelters. Speaking to reporters from Washington, Abbott said he heard "multiple concerns" at the local level that people weren't seeing aid from the Red Cross as expected.
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Samaritan’s Purse is more reputable and trustworthy, IMHO.
When the Red Cross agreed to hide its logo when aiding Muslims - that was the end of them, as far as I was concerned.
Your money is just as likely to go for supplies for terrorists somewhere as for our neighbors in the US.
And they will tell you that donations cannot be "earmarked" for any particular purpose. Oh, sure, they will raise money off of a local disaster, but you give them money and they will spend it based on their own agenda, their own priorities. Red Crescent, for instance.
No use for the Red Cross since Hurricane Alicia in 1983.
I do give blood to the Red Cross, they are pretty much the only game in town here, and people do need blood. I figure they are making tons o’ cash from blood donations.
As for cash donations, I have given to relief via my Church synod and Salvation Army.
My Dad had no use for them since 1943.....
Christians giving through their churches, going directly to Christian churches in affected areas would be the most direct and honest venue, IMO. Our church loaded up trucks and drove them to other churches, who distributed needed supplies. NO overhead needed.
red cross blows....not reliable to send money it takes in...too many big shots getting way to much money...I will never give to them...rather give directly or to other charities which are more honest
same with my dad...red cross used to charge for donuts offered to GI’s during WWII
Haven’t given a single cent to the red cross since they conned me right after 9/11. Screw em..........
Agreed! SP is the ONLY organization that gets my $ when it's needed.
I stopped giving blood to the Red Cross when they started interrogating ME about my (Clean As A Whistle!) health and travels, but will allow HIV jerks to donate. I mean, I've given them GALLONS of blood through the years as both a soldier and a civilian. Gallons. (Not all at once, LOL!)
They have been fined again and again for not safeguarding our blood supply - AND THAT'S THEIR FRIGGIN' JOB!
I would never give money to the Red Cross. You’d be lucky if 2% of it went to the right place.
One group of honest helpers, who use the money well, is the Salvation Army.
Any vet can tell you that the Red Cross sucks. The Salvation Army (”the Sallyann”) is the best.
I thought when you gave to the Red Cross they used the money for whatever they damn well pleased and there was no guarantee they would use it for the disaster at hand. Maybe they changed that policy.... but I still think they are all about the money and less about the helping.
I seem to recall that this issue arose in a previous but similar situation where the Red Cross was providing disaster relief and asking for donations.
Their response was that money donated when they ask for donations is not earmarked for that specific disaster relief effort.
Basically their position was that money is fungible.
People may be motivated to donate to the Red Cross when they see photos of disaster victims but that doesn’t mean their donations will be dedicated by the Red Cross to that specific disaster.
Gary! PLEASE find another way to give blood. Check your local hospital! They’d LOVE to have your blood without the BS Middle Man of the Red Cross. See if there’s a plasma bank, too.
And if for some reason you can’t use another facility/organization, keep it for yourself!
The Red Cross is awful. Just awful!
Contact your local hospital, or look here:
I never give to national or inter-national charities anymore. Its not that I stopped giving. I just don’t trust those guys. If I don’t know exactly where the money is going, I am not giving.
The reason I stopped trusting large charities is because I live in a wealthy suburb and I belong to executive business clubs. Everyone there is wealthy. But there are lots of people who live near me and go to these clubs in very expensive cars. The presidents of many of the top charities are pulling down million dollar salaries, living in multi-million dollar houses. My money is not adding to their salary. And I think universities are the same. I don’t give to them either.
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