Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Give to the American Red Cross, So They Can Bank the Money?

Apparently, that's what the ARC did with most of the money that it raised from Superstorm Sandy:
NEW YORK (AP) -- Seven months after Superstorm Sandy, the Red Cross still hasn't spent more than a third of the $303 million it raised to assist victims of the storm, a strategy the organization says will help address needs that weren't immediately apparent in the disaster's wake.
Here I thought that the ARC's mission was to go in and help the survivors with immediate needs. At least, if you watch their ads and their publicity, that's all they talk about. If they're transitioning into mainly helping with long-term rebuilding/relief, that's fune. But they ought to be more honest about what it is that they're doing.

And while I'm on the subject of fundraisers, can someone tell me why the hell there is still crap underway about giving money to Newtown? The median household income in that town is $142,000. It's a well-off town in one of the richest counties in the United States. Do they really need people across the country sending in donations?

I sure as shit don't think so.


bearsense said...

Always felt that the Salvation Army put the donations to relief the quickest.
The ARC is very heavy on the top end. A lousy "teeth to tail" ratio.

The New York Crank said...

I remember, in my childhood, various adult war veterans refusing to give to the Red Cross because the went to the front line and effin' SOLD donuts and coffee to the troops. No dime, no java, get back on your belly and crawl through the mud, jerk.

The failure of variousprivate organizations to do little save pay their own salaries with the money we give them is another reason why, when there's a serious job to be done like relieving disaster victims, fighting WWII, or putting a person on the moon, private organizations should back off and let the government do it.

Very Crankily yours,
The New York Crank