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Old 09-04-2005, 06:44 AM   #11
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Claire & Licia - I agree with both of you! I saw first hand what the Red Cross was like during Hugo and will never give another cent to them. I think the administrative costs for Salvation Army are much lower than the Red Cross. I hate to say that, because they've been such an institution for so many years, but if the shoe fits---

Re - where to donate items; listen to your local TV and radio stations, churches, etc. Hubbie's station just had a drive on Friday, and raised 90,000 gallons of water and $4500 cash with a donated semi and driver; they'll do the same on Wednesday. If your local stations aren't doing anything, call them up and ask WHY!!!

Contact your local Salvation Army or food bank to see if they're making collections. And also if you want to volunteer - they're training volunteers now.

If you live in an area where they're setting up camps, contact the camp to see what they need; one woman posted on my work forum that a camp in Atlanta needs things like pharmacy cards (be sure to check what local pharmacies there are), stamped post cards, underwear, socks, diapers, and infant formula.

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We CAN all help with ways other than money; sometimes you just need to be a little resourceful!

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Old 09-04-2005, 04:51 PM   #12
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Raven that is beautiful. And true. And very well said. You have a wonderful heart. Thanks for the post.

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Old 09-05-2005, 11:03 AM   #13
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I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels ambivalent about ARC. I know they do a lot of good work, I simply don't want to pay them to do it. On the other hand, my hubby hates them, as do a lot of other military people. I simply don't have a lot of disposible income, and don't want to be paying a desk-jockey's salary. I live in a very small town, and we have a food bank, but it is strictly local. And, I might add, my favorite charity .... every few months I go to the grocery store and buy a few sacks of food. I just like the concept of giving food, not bucks -- you have no real idea of where the money goes. If my budget allows $5, or $10, or $100, then I want to know that it's going to the people who need it, not the admistrators. And I honestly have friends and acquaintances over the years who do this for a living, and I believe at least one or two of them are worth every penny they are paid ... I just don't want to pay it. When Florida had their fire disaster a decade or so ago, you could actually buy bottles --- or cases of bottles -- of water, and leave them for the flood of firemen (often who came in from other states) to pick up. A couple of times a day, support people would pick up the water bottles and take them out to a staging point so they could be distributed to fire fighters. It was a simple system ... I bought bottles of water, the water was given to the fire fighters. The local food bank is the same (although I must say they beg for money as well. Too Bad, from me they get food). It's simple. I buy food -- cans, sacks of rice, beans, grain, flour -- and someone hands it off to people who need it (and, yes, I would volunteer ... They honestly haven't needed me so far). Oh, don't forget -- if you happen to have a point where you can buy products: Canned baby formula, disposable diapers. Huge needs that most don't think of.
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Old 09-05-2005, 01:37 PM   #14
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A couple of things to consider when giving to a charity ....

IF you specify that the money you are donating is for a specific purpose .... it MUST go for that. For example, if you give money to the Red Cross or Salvation Army, or anyone else, and specify that it is for the Hurricane Katrina relief - it CAN NOT be used for administrative or any other use - it MUST go for the Katrina relief efforts. That's where the big "oops" came in the 9/11 donations - they were made "non-specific".

I've watched the Jerry Lewis MDA Telathons since I was a kid. Jerry was on Larry King the other night and explained some of this .... if you watch the Telathon today he is telling you to donate to the Red Cross, or Salvation Army .... he CAN NOT collect money for, or via, MDA and divert it to a Hurricane Katrina relief effort - money donated to a specific charitable foundation for a specific purpose can not be diverted for another purpose.
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Old 09-05-2005, 06:10 PM   #15
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alot of radio stations here are doing fundraisers and every cent goes toward the katrina relief fund. since friday my store has raised 35,000 and 100 % of that also goes to the relief fund

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