The Wrong Donations – Some Tough Words on Disaster Relief

I need to make a statement. I want to say it as kindly and gently as possible, but this message really needs to get out there. It’s important. Please hear me with as much grace as you can, because I mean it with all love and gentleness.

My children and I spent hours yesterday sorting the donations that are pouring in. That picture is the mountain we were faced with, and it was still coming. We’re not the only ones. Hundreds (thousands?) of volunteers all across our state are doing the same exact thing. Why? Because your hearts are in the right place. That’s why.

I want to make that abundantly clear. It is beautifully apparent that you are thinking about us and that you want to help us figure this thing out. You are doing anything you can, and that has brought such profound joy to our hearts. I personally have received love, encouragement, and offers of assistance from all around the world – Iraq, Mexico, the Netherlands, Australia, the Philippines, Italy – to name a few. If that does not show us the true beauty that can still be found in this world, I don’t know what does. People can be stunningly beautiful when they want to be!

You have stood in unwavering solidarity with us. When I say ‘we are Texans,’ I mean all of you, both local and honorary, who have taken a stand for those suffering this week. My heart has literally been beautifully broken a hundred times an hour by your outpouring of compassion. So thank you. From the bottom of the heart of Texas, thank you. Our souls are on fire with HOPE because of you. Not only for our own recovery, but for the future plight of humanity.

So here’s where I get to say the really hard thing. Some of the items you are sending are the wrong donations. Just hear me out. I sorted and bagged (and bagged and bagged) hoards of ‘ugly’ Christmas sweaters…heavy winter coats…lingerie…stained undergarments…prom dresses…

I know your hearts are in the right place and you are rightfully imagining that we have lost everything because many have, but frankly these things do not help us in our current situation. In fact, they hinder our efforts more than a little bit. We do not need coats and sweaters in Houston right now. Believe me, we don’t. It’s 90 degrees and 99% humidity. Send us fans and bug spray, not sweaters. And we won’t for a long time to come because that is our weather all year round. Most of us never owned a single coat to begin with. True story.

And we are pretty much the least sexy area in the entire USA right now. Not a whole lot of time for love making around here. I mean, yeah. We like sex as much as the next state, but most of us are either emotionally spent, living in shelters, comprehending great loss, or working so many long hard hours (in the Texas heat!) that we fall onto whatever bed, air mattress, or piece of concrete we can find at the end of our shift and black out. Lingerie just isn’t a thing right now.

As for the undergarments… Well, I know you are trying to help us in the only ways you know how and perhaps that is quite simply the only thing you can afford to send us. I totally get that and respect and love that you have a servant’s heart to give whatever you can. It’s beautiful, friends. But try to put yourself in the shoes of someone who has lost everything they ever loved and worked for. And then donate like you would want to be donated to. You probably wouldn’t want to receive holey panties if you were hurting like these folks are hurting (although if holey panties are your thing, no judgement). I would wager that you would want to be extended every bit of dignity that you could get in this watery world. New, unstained underwear go a long way to make people feel like…well, people again.

The biggest problem with the wrong donations is that these items are severely hindering our recovery efforts in ways that you can’t begin to imagine. Hundreds of precious man and woman hours are being spent receiving,  sorting, bagging, and stacking these items instead of mucking houses and feeding babies. We need every hand on deck in the most efficient and useful way we can.

Secondly, these unusable items are filling up our resource and rescue centers, leaving little room for things we really need right now. And sadly, many of them will end up in landfills that will already be bursting at the seams with people’s broken lives. We just don’t need that, honestly.

So here’s what you can do. Please, please continue to love us. There are no words to express how much your encouragement means to us. But please, please think before donating. If you come for rescue operations or donation drops, don’t just show up and wander aimlessly looking for something to do. Connect with FEMA and other local aid groups for instructions ahead of time. Vigilante helpers just are not helping, as beautiful as your hearts are. Having a plan or contact will help you and us!

Don’t empty your drawers and bureaus randomly into a bag. Go to sites like Aviators Helping South Texas or FEMA or Will Metcalf’s page and peruse the lists and find out what we really need. Donate financially to local nonprofits so they can buy what they actually need for recovery. Look, even if it’s 2$ it adds up. That gift is just as precious and needed as someone else’s $100. It’s about heart not amount. Supply gift cards to evacuees or those distributing to evacuees so they can buy what they really need. Keep in mind our seasonal situations, hazard situations, landfill situations when donating items. Think about things we need today to get through this right now (cleaning supplies, black garbage bags, work gloves), not things we might need next month or year (prom dresses). Today is all that we can comprehend right now…barely.

When donating items on the lists, please ask yourself if you or someone you loved was in our situation, is this what you would want someone to give to you? When purchasing gift cards, make sure they are VISAS or are to places we actually have down here in our areas. WaWa cards do us little good in Texas.

I am begging you to think before you donate. I know it’s hard to comprehend the situation when you are not here – impossible really. Heck, I live here and can barely grasp what I am seeing.

However, if you take a moment to give the right donations, it will make restoration and recovery that much more possible. In the end, isn’t that what we all desperately desire the most?

And know this. We love you. We thank you for loving us too. You cannot even begin to imagine what it means.

I love you, friends.

Beautifully and brokenly yours,

~Angelia

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352 thoughts on “The Wrong Donations – Some Tough Words on Disaster Relief

  1. It’s 9/19/2017. My home is in the area which was recently evacuated when Hurricane “Irma” was expected. I was blessed in that neither me nor my family suffered any personal losses. I just read this magnificent piece and want to say THANKS for letting the truth about donations be known with such tact and loving words. also appreciated the comments that follow the article –they respond to questions that I had about donations. I’ll start by connecting with Senators to stress the need of appropriating disaster funds to areas in dire need and then proceed to make my donation. I’m still in tears seeing the tragic turn that “Irma” gave to so many people… and this hurricane season is just started…. Lily

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  2. Another organization to consider giving to is NC Baptist on Mission out of Cary, NC. 100% of donations goes to helping those in disasters. They have a feeding unit serving 36,000 meals a day in Nederland TX, close to Beaumont. They also have a large shower unit there as well as a laundry unit that washes, dries & folds clothes for anyone that brings their clothes to them. They have teams to help with tear-outs & mud-outs of homes to help get ready to start the process of building back homes. They are also set up to receive donations of hygiene kits, first-aid kits, diapers, formula & monetary donations which are needed now for Hurricane Harvey & Hurricane Irma victims. For donations go to: http://www.baptistsonmission.org/hurricaneharvey. They are a great organization.

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  3. There is a website called charity navigator that rates the charities. It will tell you how much of your donation goes to the CO’s and other expenses and how much actually goes to the cause. Convoy of Hope is an excellent one. Sounds like these people are the trying to get rid of their junk. SAD!

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  4. of course we all would like to give something. if we could hand money to the people who need it personally that would be better. some of us do not trust the Red Cross. after everyone’s efforts to donate what they could to the Red Cross after 9-11, then we find out what the survivors actually got after all the Red Cross salaries were paid first,was just horrendous! It was disgusting. Our prayers are with everyone affected by the storms as there are more. Stay safe. We are all thinking of you. I was one who cleaned out their summer clothes to donate, but now I won’t. Good to know they are not needed. a Massachusetts resident

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    1. There may be a need later, or honestly I have a terrible fear that the east coast is going to need a lot of love very soon. Just be sure to contact their resource centers and find out specific needs before sending!!

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  5. The Salvation Army is always a good, reliable organization to make donations to. They do not pay exorbitant salaries to executives, like Good Will, and are always where their services are needed.

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  6. I saw a picture of a beach (I think it was Hati) where literally a huge pile (multiple dump trucks worth) of clothes were donated, but no one had time to sort through all that; they eventually had to burn it.

    I would add to this article, to also take the time to label the bag or box what you are donating. Women’s size 12 for example, or children 5T & Under. This would help people sort the donations more quickly and efficiently.

    Bless you all and what you are dealing with!

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  7. I highly recommend the national, lincoln award winning, volunteer veteran and first responder non profit group Team Rubicon. Teamrubiconusa.org. they have been doing water rescues since day one and are 200 plus strong dedicated volunteers who are committed to being there for the long haul; next cutting down trees, mucking out basements, removing moldy drywall etc. A great destination for your support dollars. They are also creators of clay hunt suicide prevention act. And when not saving the day the volunteers do service projects for disabled vets. A great group of guys and gals of all ages!

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  8. I am an Arbonne consultant. We are shipping trucks of boxes of ready to drink protein shakes and protein bars. They are being shipped to a church. I am shipping a box on Friday. Contact me at nstrassner@gmail.com if you want to add to my shipment. A case of protein shakes at my cost is $30. And, right now, Arbonne is refunding the cost of shipping to the church address we have been given which is working via Mission of Hope. So every penny is going to help feed those in need.

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  9. Thank for caring enough to speak the truth on a tough topic and WELL SAID. God bless you guys. We are praying for you and supporting financially as well as via needed items getting ready to come down by truck… diapers, water etc. God Bless you and sustain you all as you walk through recovery.

    Val

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  10. My church does Mission Work in the Gulf Coast and has for some time. My money goes there for the time being. We are also donating cleaning supplies for Houston. Someone gave us a very specific list, including exact amounts of chemicals. I’m giving money to that effort. I hope people stay in it for the long haul.

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  11. Among other places to donate is Disaster Relief which is an organized and trained volunteer organization of Southern Baptists…they have a Facebook page SBC Disaster Relief…hope this helps someone to know about the group…

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  12. I have to say that in June of 2008, when parts of eastern Iowa had flooding bad enough to be called the “one hundred year old flood,” that the Red Cross was on every single street corner 3 times a day to give out breakfast, lunch and dinner. My parents were allowed into their home, but no one had any electricity for weeks. Everyone looked forward to the Red Cross and of course the dozen or so churches that provided free meals for those trying to clean up and deal with horrendous losses. I don’t know why the Red Cross seems to be uneven in its care, but it sure saved my mom and dad!

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  13. For all you folks who don’t want to donate to the Red Cross, I hear you… Go to the Salvation Army to donate. They don’t SELL supplies, food or water. Every penny goes towards disaster supplies and services for victims and volunteers.

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  14. Thank you Angelia,
    My neighbor came to me and said you wanted to clean out your closet and give those sheets and towels away, so let’s send them to Texas. So we did. Some wash cloths stained, but something you can use for cleaning. i have been richly blessed so i sent new Tshirts and jean shorts. Hopefully something you aren’t embarrassed to wear. We saved the formals and glitzy shoes for the thrift store. i am the Project Manager for the American Family Foundation, Inc. and it is very difficult to get big business to donate to us. We serve the homeless with food and clothing.
    Good luck to all of you in Texas.
    Pray for us here in Florida,
    Carol

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  15. Well written and kindly expressed piece. The best thing you can send were expressed in the above article or cash .
    I sent 10-20 new boxes of fresh towels linens and new, cleaned pieces marked by type dresses, pants ,shirts about a few hundred pounds of cotton casual women’s clothing in large /xl because that’s what was asked for on tv. I had helped in Sandy and Haiti and numerous disasters and my own mud slide practical things matter. I also sorted by type and put what was in the box on the outside so that whoever received it could put it to immediate use sorting is a nightmare. I lived in Texas for 13 years it’s a second home to me and I love Houston dearly . Smart proud and fiercely organized people that just do it and don’t talk about it!

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  16. it seems not much has changed with the Red Cross. years ago the mountain bordering my tiny hometown was burning, started by sparks from a passing train during dry season. the women in town cooked, baked, made sandwiches, bought and brought grills for burgers and dogs. while teens cared for younger ones so that the men, Every Able bodied one, fought the fire. then the R.C. showed up and took over sending the town folk home to fret and worry instead of working to help and being supportive of each other. After 3/4 days the men had managed to get it under control and came home. These were not professional firefighters, they were volunteers, they left their homes , families and jobs, the only thing thay received was a small strippend from which those helpful R.C. people promptly took charges for their soggy sandwiches and watered down coffee. My opinion of them obviously is very low. find someone like Salvation army or veterans associations to donate to where ALL you donate goes to those in need and not to fundraisers and administration. last I checked of the donations given to Red Cross and United Way, only 10% actually makes it to those in need. I’m not saying don’t give, just give carefully (there are unfortunately thieves), and wisely so the victims will recieve the most benefit.
    I lived in Fl and worked relief efforts after Hurricane Andrew hit, some of the most needed things for helth and well being were personal hygiene products. we put up packets with washcloths, bar soap, tooth care (some for teeth some for dentures), shampoo, peroxide for wound care, bandaging, etc. we also did packets for men of razors and shaving cream…and women had the personal feminine products,… These are things EVERY man woman and child will need. A wonderful letter was posted here. please help by giving the things most needed NOW. in a month or so check the lists again as the lists will be updated. love and prayers, along with thanks…

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  17. It seems Red Cross does not help with the nitty gritty and actually charges victims a fee for food and supplies (which I’m SHOCKED and appalled to learn). So can you recommend groups to donate to that really help you? Thank you for the beautiful, heartbreaking post…

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      1. LDS Charities and Humanitarian donations are 100% for those in need. They have water, medical supplies, food, clean clothing, hygien kits etc. packed and waiting for entrance when disaster happens.

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    1. I highly recommend the national, lincoln award winning, volunteer veteran and first responder non profit group Team Rubicon. Teamrubiconusa.org. they have been doing water rescues since day one and are 200 plus strong dedicated volunteers who are committed to being there for the long haul; next cutting down trees, mucking out basements, removing moldy drywall etc. A great destination for your support dollars. They are also creators of clay hunt suicide prevention act. And when not saving the day the volunteers do service projects for disabled vets. A great group of guys and gals of all ages!

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  18. Having worked at a homeless shelter in Chicago, for many years, I can list the many inappropriate items that were donated by very well-meaning people for the homeless. Among them: bowling balls, skis, bedside commodes, single shoes, dirty and soiled clothing and underwear, clothing with the buttons cut off, holey shoes, ect. These are all things that must be disposed of. It will go to a landfill and cost our organization thousands of precious dollars each year to pay to dispose of it. So serious think before you donate your stuff.

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    1. We also work for a homeless ministry and know your frustrations well. The worst thing I ever got was a lice comb with hair still tangled in it. I had to throw away the whole box and bleach my table (we were sorting in my home). It was not okay!

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  19. It is apparent that the RED CROSS has not changed since WW@. My Grandmother recieved a letter from my Uncle who was KIA that our family should NEVER donate to the RC. They were charging our Warriors for coffee, cigarettes and etc whild the SALVATION ARMY was on the front lines handing our coffee, donuts and what ever they could. Needless to say I have not and never will make a donation to RC. I adopt Millitary members, so I pretty much know what to send when I know it may be weeks before you get back to any sort of having the neccecities so I hope the will be sending baby wipes, tooth brush and paste, socks and shoes and things that we use on a daily basis is what Ya’ll will need to make life a little more bearable. God Bless and keep you. Sending love and hope to you from Austin. We will prevail.

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    1. My father in-law told me the same story. He said the Red Cross sold donuts, and coffee to the Army, but GAVE it to the AF! (He built run ways for the AF) After talking to him, I’ve never given to the RC

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  20. The most perfect gift for those who have lost everything is MONEY! It costs less to send, since it can be sent in a $.49 envelope. It can be spent for the right things…everyone takes money. And it is always the right size. To all who want to help, but who cannot be there in person, send MONEY to Billy Graham’s group. It is ALWAYS spent on the victims, not wasted. If you know another group who does the same, then send it to them. But to send underwear that has been worn and still has the stains and has holes is not thinking of the victims; it is adding insult to injury.

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    1. Giving to an organization on-line doesn’t even require the stamp. Speaking of stamps, from reading these comments, the Red Cross does not have my “stamp” of approval.

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  21. One thing I have not seen is as important as immediate concerns. The budget is coming up for debate, and it is important that everyone, from every state and every political party, let the people in Congress know we want hurricane and other disaster relief to be fully funded ASAP. We must help our families, businesses, schools, hospitals, etc. rebuild now, not 5 or 10 or even 1 year from now. This should be of the highest priority. Call or write your representatives. Make your voice heard. Support those in need. You won’t be sorry.

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  22. Thank you for letting us know in such a beautiful and kind way. Our church is sending items down to you, and we received a list that contained all the items you have said you really need. Praying for you daily. Blessings to you!!

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  23. I really appreciated this article. Yes, I agree some believe they are doing the right thing but they need to use their thinking ability a bit better. We all need to be more empathetic to your REAL needs and not just whatever we have available. I can only imagine the time and energy you expend to go through all those donations. I am so sorry.

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  24. Such a great article. I totally sympathize with what you are going through. I belong to a wonderful church and some of the members came by to help clean out my basement. That is what really helped. Red Cross did nothing but hand out cleaning supplies for a “small fee”. Thank you for posting this.

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  25. We were in Hurricane Charley (2004) in Florida in a safe Hurricane Bldg. We watched through slits in the window as pieces of homes flew by, waves in the swimming pool in back and tiles from roofs hitting our Bldg. And flooding. We lost our home but our friends home was in better shape and we had a place to stay. What we needed most was water and food as our supplies diminished. The Red Cross was there if you needed a meal. FEMA was there with water, you drove a short distance to pick up. Medical Service was there with Tetanus shots, which was good because how easy it was to cut yourself on glass, etc. Verizon brought in Temporary towers so we could call our families. People and students from out of town walked up to us and gave us bags of groceries. Friends from 2 hours away found us and gave us a cooler full of fresh fruits and ice.So much kindness in this World and if I was able I would be there helping others. We need to help FEMA and the Red Cross carry on there work. Praying for Texas and all the people there.

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    1. Linda, I was in my back yard watching two trees fall! I agree with you except for the Red Cross. FEMA came by and cut the trees that fell onto city property. Other then that, it was up to me! Because of the amount of trees falling, We had to cut and place the cut trees to the side of the road. The city had a private tree company come and shred them!

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  26. I live in Waretown, NJ; some of our neighbors have not recovered what they lost during Super Storm Sandy, 10-29-12. Weather related damage IS devastating, frustrating, & debilitating. Yes, we are grateful to be alive; however, our lives will never be the same. Red Cross did the same NON-ASSISTIVE pass-by of H2O & soggy sandwiches. We will never donate again except for blood drives.
    God Bless Texans & all who suffer weather-related consequences.

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  27. You’ve done everyone a favor, believe me, because often we don’t really know what we should do or what items to donate. Secondly, you have said it in a beautiful way and acknowledged the love and thoughtfulness that arrived along with the donations you described. Your appreciation for the love and good wishes you felt with the flood of donations makes a huge difference for us to hear. Now we know we’re really connected Thank you! I’m sure your advice will be followed in the future.

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    1. Well said, we donated personally to the “Convoy of Hope.” “The Samaritan Purse” is another great association that helps people like Harvey. Sadly, a lot of funds are paid to administration people & not to the people in dire need as they should w Red Cross!! They haven’t been a great giving to the real needs of people for centuries!! Read the comments & be informed. Check out the sources, reviews & other comments to learn more. Thank you.

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  28. I went on Amazon, to see if I could add in some of the things you listed, and perhaps they were loading up trucks,,,, NOPE. Just hurricane Harvey t shirts and ONE MENS underclothes package…. what’s up with that???

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  29. If the things you have to donate might not be perfect for the folks in Texas, you might consider selling your items on eBay and donating the proceeds. EBay makes it really easy to donate 10% to 100% of the selling price to their Hurricane Harvey charity pick or to any of your favorite charities.

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  30. Excellent article!! If you are unable to give useful & needed items, such as you would want to receive, then don’t send “junk”! You can help in other ways; volunteering your time, locating donation sites & making them known, praying for those who have lost much & for those who are working to help them, being a conduit for useful information!

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    1. I’m feeling like donating my light sweat jackets might have been the wrong thing to donate,
      but I saw so many people getting out of boats shivering and wet, and people in shelters looking for anything to wrap around their shoulders. I thought they would be welcomed

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      1. I’m sorry for your flood. In 1994 we flooded in Texas and the Oklahoma City Salvation Army send a food truck that came everyday with a hot lunch while we mucked out our home. I, too, have little use for the Red Cross after my first hand experience.

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      2. That was so sweet of you! We appreciate so much your care and sweet heart! I saw that folks were shivering too and I didn’t understand it because it was 95 degrees outside. But later I got to thinking that maybe it was from shock and they were wet and there was a little breeze even though it was a warm breeze. But light sweat jackets are a good thing –people wear them all the time in the winter, which will be here around the end of December or beginning of January.

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  31. My home flooded in Edmond, Okla. on June 14, 2010. I had approx. 10 ft. of water in my yard and it was devastating. Still don’t have my house completely repaired. I will never give to the Red Cross, they drove by while I was cleaning out the mess and tossed me a bottle of water….

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    1. Angelia, what you shared here is so very important. And you said it with such grace. I can’t even imagine what you are going through. May God bless you and all of the people who are suffering. And please people, share this message so that every donation will make a difference. We love you!

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    2. Very Very. True, I have been told to leave a sit where I was giving food and coffee to people that were waiting for boats to come in with their loved ones body’s,and the Red Cross tried to run me off. I was not charging for my food and drink, but they were,1$for a cup of coffee. I stayed right there and the people of the town kept the food and drink coming until all there love one’s were brought in.

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      1. I’ve refused to donate to the Red Cross since I was too young to donate to the Red Cross. My dad told us about being in Europe during WWII. The Red Cross had set up a tent to serve infantry guys coffee & donuts. At the end of the line, they had a CASH REGISTER!!! DISGUSTING!

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      2. My dad was is WW2. He always told my mom it was the Salvation Army that was there on the front lines. The Red Cross was way back. Also, if Red Cross does help you—you will be billed later. Give to the Salvation Army!

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      3. So interexting–the comments about the Red Cross!! I am 88 years old and remember my grandfather who was in France during WW1 telling how the Red Cross charging them for coffee, donuts, so and other things. That’s why I have never given to them. Have always made my donations to the Salvation Army.

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      4. My grandmother told something similar to this as I was growing up. She worked at Warner Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia. She said the SOLDIERS would tell her stories of coming off the FRONT LINES in WWII & said the red cross had set up & were SELLING coffee, doughnuts & cigarettes. The Salvation Army pulled up & parked right beside them & GAVE these items to the soldiers. I was never allowed to give to the red cross. After 911 I confronted the red cross who had put an office in my Sunday School Building at our church. They refused to fly the American Flag because someone might get offended. There are churches as well as other organizations that do help those in need. The red cross is not the do-gooders they want folks to believe they are, sad truth.

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    3. That’s a bottle of water more than my parents got from Red Cross. They drove by a week after the storm, asked what we needed, and said they’d be back. We never saw them again. To their credit, I suppose, that was the most “assistance” we got from anyone.

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      1. I’m so sorry you experienced that. I wish you could see the love this community is sharing for one another and the way the locals (and many out of towners) are helping each other. It would give you a little hope perhaps. I wish we could have been there to support your parents in their time of need. No one should go this alone. 😢

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    4. Just on my way to a meeting about what to do with the remaining physical donations, donated to survivors and bereaved families of Grenfell. This could have been written here. Except that we had no state or government cooperation for a while. They just collected in all the donations from the community and it took over a month to get access to them again.
      We had wholly Knickers and well worn bras too. people dumped stuff on the street. So I send you all solidarity from the London Community Volunteers to the Texan Volunteers and share love with you as well as Sierra Leone and Bangladesh and wonder what it’s like for them. x

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    5. The Red Cross is a farce. I will NEVER EVER EVER donate to them again. They are stealing donations now and doing God knows what with them. Redistributing, hoarding. Idk. I just know that years ago they did right by our family and helped us after we had a house fire. NOW, I cannot imagine how little they would help.The fire was almost 23 yrs ago and I believe they were a different entity then.

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