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.
Comments: 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It really depends on how close you live to the disaster. If you are nearby, then cases of water and food that doesn't spoil can be much appreciated when stores in the disaster area are closed. On the other hand, if you are 200 miles away, then the cost to organize and transport the donated supplies may be more than the cost to simply purchase them 20 miles from the disaster site.
Every nonprofit runs into this problem; they aren't equipped for the often expensive job of sorting, transporting and storing what people want to donate. So most of the time, unless you live very near the disaster, it is better to donate cash. If you just must get rid of your old things in an effort to help, hold a garage sale so your old things go to the poor who live near you and then donate the proceeds of the sale.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
President Obama will travel to Desert Vista High School in Phoenix next week to highlight housing and the middle class. The speech, scheduled for Tuesday morning, would be the latest in a series of talks on the progress made and the challenges that remain as the U.S. slowly recovers from a recession. It revisits themes that Obama spoke about during his first presidential visit to Arizona in February.(snip)Obama has delivered campaign-style speeches in the past two weeks on investing in infrastructure, lowering the cost of college loans and overhauling the tax code
President Barack Obama privately told Democratic senators Wednesday he is now personally involved in resolving a heated dispute over how Obamacare treats Capitol Hill aides and lawmakers, according to senators in the meeting. The president’s commitment was delivered at the beginning of Obama’s remarks to Senate Democrats during a closed-door session. At issue is whether Obama’s health care law allows the federal government to continue to pay part of the health insurance premiums for members of Congress and thousands of Hill aides when they are nudged onto health exchanges.
For incoming NBC News boss Deborah Turness, the task of turning around the embattled news division just got tougher. “ABC World News With Diane Sawyer” scored a narrow victory over “NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams” last week, breaking his 243-week winning streak. Sawyer beat Williams among viewers 25-to-54 years old, the most important category for advertisers on news. Coverage of the George Zimmerman trial and the birth of the royal baby helped “World News” win by a narrow margin of 38,000 viewers. ABC drew 1.917 million viewers, compared with 1.879 million at NBC.
There have been days since her son Ezekiel was born 11 months ago that Los Angeles mom Beth Capper has gone without food to keep up her supply. One friend was arrested for stealing some. It´s not drugs or alcohol or even baby formula that has put her in such a bind. It´s diapers. "There´s no way around buying them," said Capper, a 41-year-old single mother who doesn´t work because of a disability. Across the country, mothers like Capper are facing the same predicament. According to a report published Monday in the
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There was no conciliatory phone call, no heart-to-heart talk to soothe the tensions. No one knows exactly when President Barack Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain went from bitter rivals in the 2008 presidential campaign and foes over health care and national security to bipartisan partners.Yet in recent months, an alignment on high-profile domestic issues — not to mention an eye on their respective legacies — has transformed Obama and McCain into Washington´s most unexpected odd couple. The Arizona senator is a regular visitor to the West Wing and in near-daily contact with senior White House officials.
Jane Fonda´s turn as Nancy Reagan has outraged fans of the former first lady but the actress says "The Gipper´s" wife is happy she landed the role. "I don´t think that whatever differences there might be in our politics really matters you know," says the actress in a new clip promoting the film ´The Butler´ which follows the life of a White House worker who served eight presidents. A vocal liberal, Fonda sparked outraged in the 1970´s when she toured North Vietnam, earning the moniker "Hanoi Jane" and critics blasted her casting as Nancy Reagan when it was announced
President Obama said reporters praise his economic proposals as “great” and tell him they are “all good ideas.”Obama made the remarks in a speech Wednesday in Galesburg, Ill., focused on the economy.The address didn’t include any new proposals on the economy, and Republicans criticized Obama for giving an address that was more of the same. But Obama said the news media often praises his ideas."It’s interesting, in the run-up to this speech, a lot of reporters say that, well, Mr. President, these are all good ideas, but some of you’ve said before; some of them sound great,
A few stars visited the White House on Monday to chat about Obamacare, the AP reports: Obama stopped by a private White House meeting Monday with celebrities including singer Jennifer Hudson and actors Amy Poehler, Michael Cera and Kal Penn. The White House says the artists expressed interest in helping spread the word about the health insurance marketplaces opening Oct. 1.The White House says Obama told the artists they could help reach young uninsured Americans who will be vital to his signature law´s success. Insurers need healthy young customers to help offset the costs of older, sicker consumers.
To African-Americans, President Obama just gets it.Obama’s notably personal comments on Friday about the verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman, and on race in America, struck a chord. They vividly underlined the fact that, for the first time, the person in the Oval Office has lived an African-American experience.To black supporters, that is more important than Obama’s inability to narrow racial inequalities during his four and a half years in office,
Chris Matthews spoke for “all white people” today, and apologized for unspecified transgressions committed by them. “I’ll just tell you one thing,” the Hardball host told his two guests. “And I’m speaking now for all white people, but especially [the ones] who’ve tried to change the last 50 or 60 years. And a lot of them really tried to change, and I’m sorry for this stuff. That’s all I’m saying.” He was addressing former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele and Val Nicholas, vice president and creative director at NBC News. The
Today the output of our country’s tedious outrage machine relates to the above Rolling Stone cover about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (also spelled Jahar). It glamorizes him. It turns him . . . actually, there’s no point in summarizing the objections. Why not just skim Twitter for 1.5 seconds and find multiple representative samples:(snip)*Presumably the protesters would have a tabloid treatment in which Rolling Stone would place horns on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Perhaps that would have made this nonsense go away. *This is good journalism, as the photo depicts the same Dzhokhar Tsarnaev that The Post and the New York Times
White House insiders say President Barack Obama is in “a funk” about what he sees as increasing stagnation and failures surrounding his second term and some worry that the President is becoming more distant and distracted. “He’s not the same Obama that came to the Oval Office after the 2008 elections,” a senior White House aided confided to friends in an email recently. “I’m worried.” Chicago Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel tells friends that the Presidency has changed his longtime friend Obama and many of those changes are “not good.”
Citing a potential al Qaeda attack, the State Department on Friday issued a worldwide travel alert and warned American citizens that the terrorist group may be plotting a strike in the Middle East, North Africa or elsewhere. “Current information suggests that al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” reads a portion of the alert, which lasts until the end of the month.
Executive Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Mark Glaze gave some ambiguous and potentially dangerous self defense advice Friday on “Hardball.” Glaze, speaking in opposition to “Stand Your Ground” laws, said in a circumstance where someone “comes at you” with an axe handle one should attempt to either “talk,” “fight with your fists,” “run away,” or “deescalate the situation,” but not shoot the attacker: MARK GLAZE: Very often somebody will come at you. They might want to have a fistfight. They might come at you with an ax handle. CHRIS MATTHEWS: Would you consider the guy with the ax handle armed or not?
[Video] Rapper Jay Z appearing on HBO´s "Real Time" with Bill Maher says that the black community wants upward economic mobility rather than a stronger police presence. In a conversation with former Congressman Barney Frank about police tactics such as stop-and-frisk, Jay Z suggests the stagnant economy and wealth inequality could cause widespread social unrest: "The real problem is there´s no middle class, right? So the gap between the have and have-nots is getting wider and wider... It´s gonna be a problem that no amount of police can solve, because once you have that sort of oppression
About 400 area retail and fast-food workers, together with colleagues nationally, participated in a strike Thursday to demand raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. “If not $15, then something. I mean give us something. I work 36 hours a week and barely make enough to pay my rent, gas bill, light bill. It gets to the point where I barely have enough for lunch sometimes,” said Angel Richardson, 21, who works at McDonald’s. “I’m five months pregnant, what am I going to do in four months? I hope something changes.” The minimum wage is $7.25 nationally and $8.25
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Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) suggested on Friday morning that the tea party movement is comprised of the same types of people who fought against the civil rights movement during the 1960s. Speaking with the Daily Beast, Rangel said of the movement: “It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked. He added that the tea party movement can be defeated similar to how the civil rights movement eradicated Jim Crow mentality: “It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused
In warning about possible al Qaeda attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials may have provided too much detail about intercepted chatter and the source of the information, and that may make it more difficult to get such tips next time, former and current intelligence officials say.On Friday, the U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans, citing an unspecified al Qaeda threat. The bulletin said that the highest threat levels are the Middle East and North Africa, “and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arab Peninsula.”
The nation´s most active death penalty state is running out of its execution drug. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Thursday that its remaining supply of phenobarbital expires in September and that no alternatives have been found. It wasn´t immediately clear whether two executions scheduled for next month would be delayed. The state has already executed 11 death-row inmates this year, and at least seven more have execution dates in coming months. "We will be unable to use our current supply of phenobarbital after it expires," agency spokesman Jason Clark said. "We are exploring all options at this time."
A dart game that used President Obama´s face for target practice at a county fair in New York state is being dismantled today. Fairgoer Abigail Czapsky submitted photos of the booth at Otsego County Fair to HuffPost yesterday, which show President Obama´s face lined up alongside yellow stars in a dart game. According to Czapsky´s Facebook page, following yesterday´s HuffPost story the booth has now taken down the offensive targets. Czapsky says the Otsego County Fair Board called her to apologize about the booth and explain that it was being taken down. Not one individual on the fair board
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After purchasing the Boston Globe in 1993 for a then-record $1.1 billion, the financially troubled New York Times just announced it sold the 141 year-old paper to Boston Red Sox owner John Henry for a mere $70 million. That´s a straight 93% loss. Figuring in two decades of inflation would only make it worse -- as does the fact the Times retains the Globe´s pension liabilities, estimated at over $100 million. (snip) What might have sweetened the lower offer for the Times is that Henry offered a straight cash deal, which is expected to close sometime in September or October.