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September 26, 2005

Debunking the Red Cross - AKA Money Pit

Topics: Natural Disasters

With Hurricane Rita now making news, it's time for Americans to take a more disciplined look at their tremendous generosity. As of last week, the American Red Cross reported that it had raised $826 million in private funds for Hurricane Katrina victims. So are you ready for a thorough debunking of the "generosity" and donation/benefit ratio of the Red Cross?

In "The Red Cross Money Pit" the writer doubts each victim under Red Cross care will see more than a doughnut, an interview with a social worker and a short-term voucher for a cheap motel, with a few miscellaneous items such as clothes and cooking pots thrown in.

If you really want to help people, you can't go wrong with the Salvation Army or Catholic Charities. There are also other good faith-based charities that don't have the high administrative costs of the Red Cross and that, unlike the Red Cross, would rather give a blanket and food to a victim than sell it.

Posted by Richard at September 26, 2005 9:50 AM

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