Texans Outraged At Red Cross, Warn ‘Don’t Send Them A Penny’

Residents across Texas are expressing their outrage at The Red Cross after Hurricane Harvey victims and relief volunteers witnessed mismanagement and apathy from Red Cross workers. One of the most dramatic stories came from Lindsey Scott, who brought 400 warm hamburgers to a shelter, but was not allowed to distribute them by Red Cross workers, who put the hot meals on ice, despite the fact that evacuees in their shelter had only had so much as a sandwich in 24 hours.

At Wednesday morning’s Houston City Counsel meeting, Councilman Dave Martin, who represents flood-ravaged Kingwood, had a very clear message to prospective donors of The Red Cross.

“I beg you not to send them a penny,” he said. “They are the most inept unorganized organization I’ve ever experienced. Don’t waste your money. Give it to another cause.”


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Harris County Judge Ed Emmett was also uncomplimentary of the organization. Judge Emmett admitted that he asked a local nonprofit to manage the shelter at NRG Park, because he didn’t trust The Red Cross to do a good job.

“The Red Cross could not have done this,” Emmett said. “They wouldn’t have had the wherewithal to do it. Don’t get me wrong, they’re out there on the front lines, but I had already seen the difficulty and we needed to get this set up quickly.”

And government officials are far from the only ones voicing their disapproval. We’ve seen story after story of Red Cross mismanagement expressed by both evacuees and volunteers across Texas. In fact, we’ve been hard pressed to find a positive story. When we do find one, we will update this article.

Here are a few of the latest social media posts about The Red Cross in Texas:

Disorganized & Understaffed

My oldest son took their expensive life guard / CPR / First Aid course this summer and was registered with them for shelters. A shelter was set up at the school down the road from us due to Harvey and he wasn’t called. Normally I would think it is because they had enough volunteers but they didn’t and kept begging for volunteers over the weekend. Evidently their system is not so great to put volunteers with evacuees. – Heather Liggett, Austin, Texas


400 Hot Hamburgers Put On Ice Despite Hunger

I’m astonished at the behavior of the Red Cross husband / wife team at the mid-county Jack Brooks Airport yesterday, who together accosted me and took turns berating me because I was trying to bring 400 warm hamburgers to our hungry evacuees, who according to them did not need the food because they had “already had a sandwich.” Yes, they had one sandwich in 24 hours. They were desperate for a hot meal!

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The Red Cross proceeded to try and load the warm, ready-to-eat burgers into an ice chest. The pilot, who had donated his time, fuel, money, plane, and arranged the delivery of the burgers, was horrified at not being able to serve them (he actually came to volunteer as well). I confess I just stood there with my mouth gaping open, fighting back tears while they told me that I did not know what I was doing and they had not even seen me volunteering. This is not a normal reaction for me but either exhaustion or pregnancy hormones got the best of me because I simply couldn’t find the words to fight back.

The Red Cross was not there at 6:30 AM when we got there to find we had no food to serve the hundreds of evacuees, who had sat on a bus all night, and some who had not eaten in 24 hours. They were not there when the sun came up and they woke up hungry, angry, tired, scared, and frustrated. They did not see them fighting over donuts that OUR friends and family answered the call to bring at 7:00 AM. They did not see the tears over dehydrated babies while we worked to arrange the delivery of Pedialyte and formula. They showed up HOURS later, when we had already coordinated the delivery of food and supplies with our LOCAL community members (who came out in droves) and The Sky Hope Network through our wonderful State Representative, Dade Phelan [Beaumont], after just a single phone call.
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And the reason they didn’t see me (sweating and sunburned) is because I spent most of the day on the aviation side of the airport on the tarmac coordinating the landing, unloading, and transport of supplies the Sky Hope Network was flying in all day (which was no easy feat considering the insane, chaotic state of the Jerry Ware terminal). I do not care they weren’t there (I understand the vast, severe, damage that ranges from Corpus, Rockport, Houston, all the way to Louisiana). I do, however, care how they treated the people of our community when they arrived!

These supplies / donations were made by OUR LOCAL community members and the Sky Hope Network (not the Red Cross) and the Red Cross wanted them all shipped to their warehouse for processing and distribution.

Apparently they don’t do “local distribution.” Say what?! We need these things here, locally, NOW. And while we refused to turn away anyone who came on foot or by other means (evacuee or not) or any other church, group, or organization asking for supplies, the Red Cross tried to prevent us from sharing OUR donations (contributed by our community for our community and surrounding areas). The kids that are barefoot need shoes NOW, not two weeks from now, and we had more than enough to share.

And the way these two representatives of Red Cross treated local people who were donating their time (many in the wake of having lost everything of their own) and spending countless hours away from their kids and families in the wake of such tragedy hurts my heart. I pray this is not representative of the Red Cross organization as a whole. People who donate their money would be horrified. I’m thankful for our local volunteers who continued to fight with them (when I could not) and saw that the burgers and supplies were distributed to ALL those that needed them. As, OUR motto is, we turn no one away.

One thing I learned from this is THANK GOD I’m from TEXAS. Our men may spit, smoke, dip, cuss, and drink from time to time, but when the shit hits the fan, our husbands, brothers, dads, uncles, cousins, sons, and all the other men we know put on their boots, waders and get their boats and trucks and go to work! They aren’t afraid to get dirty or work long hours in the dark. They aren’t afraid of a little water, or snakes, or dogs that aren’t kenneled. They are strong enough to carry you out of your home and they can deal with being hungry, wet, cold, and tired (they deal with this sitting in deer and duck blinds half the year). They have the know how to save your animals (horses, cows, etc) and they WON’T QUIT until the work is done. And our community will answer the call to donate, collect and distribute supplies and food wherever it’s needed. I won’t be waiting on the Red Cross. – Lindsey Scott, Nederland, Texas


“We Are Not A Shelter. Don’t Touch That Cot”

Last night I experienced Red Cross first hand. I decided to go and volunteer at the Burton where Red Cross was in charge. I walked in signed a paper and was told to sit at the front where evacuees were coming in and write a tally mark on a piece of paper for every single water bottle I handed out to people. I sat there and saw these people getting off these buses soaking wet; no shoes, tiny babies, elderly people who literally had a trash bag and that was it. I had people come up to me and ask for shoes, hygiene products, and just anything they could get their hands on because these people literally walked in with NOTHING but the clothes on their back. I had to tell them to ask the Red Cross employee that was sitting in a chair down the hall.

I was listening to what that employee was saying to them when they asked for stuff. One lady who came in with nothing was asking her where she could find toothpaste and the Red Cross employee looked at her and said, “Oh, I don’t think we have any of that. We are not a shelter.”

Luckily, some good volunteers forced their way in with all kinds of donations, so I pointed the lady in that direction. I knew I could not just sit there and tally water bottles. Like, why does it matter how much water you hand out? These people have NOTHING!

So, I started helping with handing out those donations that were brought in. Another thing was that these Red Cross employees (there were 7 of them at the Burton mind you) were loading up these people on buses and making them sit there for sometimes 2-3 hours at a time before sending them off. Someone asked a Red Cross employee if they were making sure the evacuees on the bus needed water or needed to get off to use the restroom because these people had been sitting on the bus for hours. The Red Cross employee responded with, “It is not my job to do that. My job is to stand here and monitor who is getting on the bus.”

I am just completely mind-blown by how awful this organization is. If people wouldn’t have forced their way in last night with donations those people would have sat in their soaking wet clothes.

I wish I would have taken pictures of the things the Red Cross had set up. They were giving these people three MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) each, a bottle of water, a blanket, and a little ziplock baggy of snacks for the little kids. These people needed so much more than that. They also had cots set up, but started putting them up when people started asking to use them because they were only for medical emergencies only. But they had at least a few hundred of them stacked up in the back of the Burton.

I am just totally disgusted with the Red Cross. I can’t tell you how many times I got yelled at by a Red Cross employee for trying to help people. I was told, “Don’t touch that cot, it’s not for these people.” Then who are they for? TOTALLY DISGUSTED. Please, believe people when they say this organization is HORRIBLE.

I’m not sure who the [non-Red Cross volunteer] people were. All I know is that their last name was Bertrand and they were from Lake Charles. They brought pizza and pasta for all the evacuees because the Red Cross wasn’t offering hot meals because they aren’t a “shelter.” It was just so sad. – Lisa Keith Whitlock, Houston, Texas


A Lengthy Wait to Volunteer

I was going to volunteer with them but I had to fill out an application and it took about four days for them to get back to me. Then they asked me to fill out the paperwork for a background check. Whatever. I just found something on my own, no questions asked. – Kim Lavalle, Houston, Texas


No Infants or Elderly Allowed

So, today I went to go volunteer at the Toyota center downtown Houston because I heard they needed help. The shift to help was 2pm – 10pm. I accepted it. First thing that rubbed me wrong was that they said they’re only taking 30 volunteers. I didn’t think nothing of it. I was like, maybe they already have a lot of people inside helping so they only need 30 more. So anyways, I go inside, and they instantly put me as manager of the kitchen. After my duties were done I went to see where the carts were for people to sleep on [because] it was entirely too quiet. Those images below is the reason why.

I asked two head men in charge why there were so many carts available, and he said because they aren’t letting people with infants, elderly, or singles in. They said no infants because the diaper mess, elderly it would be too much dealing with them as in care, and singles (well he didn’t say a reason for them). At that very moment I felt irate. I told him how unacceptable it was to have so much room but to not accept people because they’re lazy. Then I said, “Okay, so what about other families that none of that applies to, at the shelter down the street, that are in the hallways and on the floors, can they come over here?” He says, “Well no, they have to be selected.” I said, “Well, how do they get selected?”

Now, if y’all know me, y’all know I started to feel myself getting real [indignant]. CRAZY thing is, he didn’t have an answer. At that very moment, I had to walk off before I went completely to the left on them. The police officers had no clue that was going on until I told them, and even they were upset [along] with me. They started making calls so hopefully they handled it, but I left and took my service where it was needed. I do not support the Red Cross and will never ever deal with them again. – Titía Monet, Houston, Texas


Refusing Formula To Babies, Food To Hungry Kids

Featured Image: Lisa Sailor photographed some of the provisions on the third flood of the George R. Brown Convention Center which the Red Cross was withholding from shelter evacuees.

I have never made a post about a political statement or what could be a diversive opinion on social media. I love and respect all my friends and don’t feel I want to get involved in a debate over any issue on Facebook. That being said I just can’t keep my mouth shut any longer. The view I have from my wheelchair is the American Red Cross should be ashamed of what’s going on with our displaced neighbors sheltered in Houston at GRB [George R. Brown] Convention Center.

My husband and I along with several others from our building directly across the street from the GRB were the first people to welcome those that evacuated when the doors opened at the GRB. I’ve been working over there every day most days 12-16 hrs to see that people have what they need. My area of focus is women and children. Red Cross, please help me understand why there are moms in the shelter who need blankets. There are plenty of blankets with your logo on them up on the third floor. The people that need them are on the first floor. There is no logistics of an inventory system, a way to locate supplies, a way to get them down to the first floor or a way to distribute them.

Someone desperately needs a wheelchair but is told there aren’t any. Oh really? There are plenty on the third floor. I have babies with no formula. Why? Because no one at the Red Cross thought to order the kind of formula that WIC requires them to be on. I go and start sounding the alarm that we need ONE certain kind of formula for 90% of these babies. No one wants to listen to me. We have some of the correct kind up on the 3rd floor but, “Lady, you can’t take that. The Red Cross wants to hand it out.” Are you kidding me? Well, when and where? Do I tell a 2 month old that he needs to wait until a certain day? Not just baby formula. It’s this way with every supply these people need just to survive in the shelter.

They have Red Cross volunteers over the large convention halls where people have their cots set up. Whole families have made little “camps” together. They are doing their best to make it work. A mother with four small children was called to the media area to do an interview with a nat’l network. When she came back ALL of her few worldly possessions that she gathered in the past week at the shelter were stolen. Why? Because the Red Cross volunteer let this woman down by not keeping an eye on the area that they were assigned.

I know of a family that had just registered into the shelter with children go to the food distribution area. They asked a regular volunteer if they could have something to eat because they hadn’t eaten for over 24 hrs. The regular vol went to grab them food off of a table in full view of these kids. A Red Cross representative said, “No, you can’t give them anything. It’s not meal time”. The reg Volunteer couldn’t believe his ears. He had to turn away hungry kids. Unbelievable.

A nine months pregnant mom in labor with three other young children under the age of six had to go to the hospital to deliver. No family / friends / father /  husband in the shelter. The ambulance would not let her take her kids with her. I went to the Red Cross desk and explained the problem. I said I wanted to be granted “emergency disaster guardianship” over her kids. I was told, “Oh no, we can’t allow that. We could get sued.” When I rolled away I said very loudly “just watch me do it.” There was no other choice. I took the kids and with in 4-6 hours they were with a relative. What did the RC expect? To throw them outside in the rain?? They had no alternative.

I’m a volunteer and know more about how to fill their needs than any Red Cross person there. I don’t understand why it is this way. These are just a few of the stories. My frustration is at an all time high. It’s not with the people I’ve been helping. It’s with the organization that’s standing in the way of that help. Please, please when you are donating to relief think about this. There are so many organizations that are doing a wonderful job of serving others. To the Red Cross: please learn some valuable lessons from Harvey. Our nation that donates every dollar you use for relief, deserves better. – Lisa Block Sailor, Houston, Texas

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Featured Image: Lisa Sailor photographed some of the provisions on the third flood of the George R. Brown Convention Center which the Red Cross was withholding from shelter evacuees.

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136 thoughts on “Texans Outraged At Red Cross, Warn ‘Don’t Send Them A Penny’

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  1. I just wonder how many $15 or $20 dollar donations it would take to just pay the CEO or president of the Red Cross. Once we get that done and pay all our bills, then we can help people, if we have enough.

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  2. I have never had direct contact with the red cross as many of you have. Thank the Gods that I never been in a disaster and hope I never will. BUT as a health care worker in a local major hospital I can tell you all, that the donations of blood to the red cross is not free to the hospital’s. The red cross sells your blood back to the hospital’s for profit. So our hospital has a blood donation unit with in…we except donations regularly. We do not use the red cross! You may want to check you local hospitals to see if you can donate in your community’s.

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  3. I have worked with The Salvation Army on disasters. We did not charge for anything. They are non discriminatory and don’t ask any questions before helping anyone who needs help. With those hamburgers I have read in another article that they were made at a restaurant. The Salvation Army can not accept food that is not made in a commercial kitchen. We always made sure that everyone who came in was fed. It might be a peanut butter sandwich until a meal was ready but no one was ever refused food. 100% of donations that come into The Salvation Army for a disaster goes to the disaster. The Salvation Army is the first in and the last to leave even if it is 5 years. You never hear that much about them at disasters but they are there working long hours and really there to HELP the people. Please donate to The Salvation Army. There are TSA volunteers waiting in Florida when they are needed.

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  4. For the few Red Cross apologists on this thread: You have lost the narrative. You have lost the trust of the people and you have lost the public relations battle. You have, quite simply, lost. The explanationon/excuses on this thread about the hamburgers and the woman in Mid-City taking the donations to the hungry evacuees is utter bunk. Red Cross was not in control of that shelter. That shelter was set up by Texas citizens. The Red Cross tried, and failed, to force its will on unsuspecting volunteers and doners. The evacuees had been given one sandwich in 24 hours. Red Cross is pathetic. Get out of Texas and don’t come back. You’re a disgrace. Telling the truth is not “liable” by the way. Check with your attorneys. Texas takes money from FEMA after a disaater, yes, but what wasn’t mentioned was that Texas pays billions into FEMA annually. It’s a federal insurance policy that every State pays into. The more a State uses it the more the State pays. Way to only tell a half truth Red Cross. As you can see no one believes your excuses any more and your organization is inept. Sue Texas Red Cross, I dare ya. Texas told the truth for all to see. You have been exposed by Texas. It would have been better if you had just stayed out, for you and for Texas. Florida believes Texas and that’s why they are using Salvation Army. By the way, give back all the donations you stole from shelters here in Texas or maybe we’ll sue you.

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  5. My grandparents’ home blew up from a gas leak in the 1940’s and the family of 9 lost everything. The RC showed up, provided some stuff and later sent a bill. My mother had told me about the RC sending the bill and we have never, ever donated. Too many other ways to help.

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  6. My step dad refused to support them since the 60s. They used to go “help” the gis in Vietnam. The red Cross would sell these men coffee!! Nothing was ever free from the American red Cross to these soldiers. These are men in fox holes, in rice fields, soaked, cold and wet. These horrible people have the nerve to take their last dime for a warm cup of coffee.

    I have never and will never believe in buracracy at this rampant level for any organization.

    Look at the numbers, money and people. Support a useful, charitable organization. I support my local church shelter and salvation army.

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  7. Found out in 1972 that this bunch of idiots are no good. Katrina was said to have raised 3 billion dollars and they kept 2 billion. It was given for the people who suffered in Katrina, yet they kept it for future problems. Crooks, it was for Katrina not the future. It was to help now. Crooks

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  8. I was in the Navy, in the Persian Gulf on an aircraft carrier. My grandmother passed-away… The Red Cross notified me the day after she was buried!!!
    I recently learned over 90 cents of every dollar donated is wasted on ‘management’. Congress should remove their protected non-profit status!

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    1. That’s totally untrue. They actually have a very high percentage of donated money being used. They have a B+ rating at a charity, better than many others.

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    1. You can’t abolish an NGO charity. You can do what we did in New York. Stop donating to them and start volunteering to fill in the gap that organizations like the Red Cross can not fulfill, whether through regulations or incompetence.

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  9. My dad and uncles were in WWII. They had stories of the RC very similar to this, hot food being handed out as my dad was coming off the aircraft carrier but turned away because he wasnt an officer. Uncles had similar stories. They never had anything to do with the RC and neither have I.

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  10. Anyone disputing the claims that Red Cross is a scam and defend them denying locals handing out food, should go and search for pics of the food that Red Cross was actually serving in SE Texas and Houston during Harvey. It is appalling and sickening. Red Cross is not there to help, they have no organization and they ramp up commercials to prey on people sympathies during disasters. I am not demeaning them for what they did 50, 60 or 70 years ago, I am demeaning them for what they did 2 weeks ago. I will NEVER donate to the RC. The executives are now on camera saying how all the bad press is affecting them helping people and detracting from their purpose… BS, they are scam artists and a waste of money.

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  11. Really this is nothing new. My mother was volunteering during WW2 when a Soldier just got off the plane and had no funds. When her supervisior would not allow my Mom to give him one of the many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or a cup of coffee she had enough. They have become just another corporate mess that has not done a very good job for years.

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  12. I would think most are old enough to remember 9/11 2001, if so you also remember all the money that was donated to the red cross. I’m not going to tell you how much the victims or their families got of all those donations because you probably wouldn’t believe me, but you can find out by doing a little research. After reading all the comments you can understand how the rough corporation can afford to pay their CEO/PRESIDENT 500,000 dollars a year and that’s only one over paid idiot.

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    1. Can you backup your claim. There are many false memes going around, but many of them aren’t true. Some of the stories above, aren’t true, if not all of them. Some are misunderstandings. If a stranger came up to you and asked your family to eat some burgers they brought to you, and you had no idea where they came from, what they were made of, or how they were stored, would you give them to your family to eat? You’d be a fool if you did, and that’s why the Red Cross can’t take things like that and pass them out. If everyone got sick, and there were fatalities, the Red Cross would be responsible, not the person who brought them. Most people are just ignorant.

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  13. When my Dad was in the Army Air Corp in Europe after WWII he got a telegram saying his Mom had a stroke and my Grandpa needed him to come home to help care for her. By the time my Dad arrived home, she had died. The Red Cross sent my Grandpa a bill for my Dad’s travel, and he was dirt poor. My Dad would NEVER donate to them.

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  14. The background checks are for the people who are going to volunteer. You don’t want volunteers who are thieves or pedophiles or abusive people with a record. You want people of good character working in those shelters. Safety and security is important. You want people who genuinely want to help people. It needs to be done the right way. It sounds like the Red Cross workers were overwhelmed by the number of people they were trying to help.

    Also I have been reading about WWI and II, and other wartime events. Your then talking about the International Branch of the Red Cross. They ran things differently back then. This Red Cross is only in the US and has a defferent charter or mission. Don’t judge everyone on the few that you have met. They sent out the call to all 50 states for help.

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  15. My brother was in France during WWII. He also said not to donate to RC. If they needed gloves etc in the cold, they were told they had to pay for them. Her also said do not donate to RC and I have never done so. The Salvation Army was always there for them.

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  16. Someone needs to get the word to Mr. Trump. He donated a large portion of the million he donated to the Red Cross….he is apparently unaware it’s a scam organization and needs to know. Thanks to the Internet their scam is being revealed. Pass the word, and someone please tell our generous President!

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  17. To Rose M Crawford–You comment about the RC not being the same as the RC during WWI and WWII over seas is a bunch of bull, my husband was in the National Guard in 1970, he was called up a 1:00 AM to a disaster in Lubbock Texas. He happen to not have any cash on hand for him to take when he left and could not give a check to get cash that time of night. He didn’t not get to come home for five days. The Red Cross would come to where he and others were posted with sandwiches and drinks to sell at outrageous prices. He and the other guys who were in the same boat were so glad that the Salvation Army was there to provide something to eat and drink and try to be of assistance to there needs, while the were on search and rescue. That is why we do not give to the Red Cross.

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  18. My uncle was in Vietnam and every once and again he was able to get his hands on a RC care package. A few edible things and a small pack of cigarettes. I think he said 5 cigarettes. So here he was bogged down and in a bad place, he decided to open the care package and went right for the smokes. He said to me ” Well I know smokes are bad for but I think the bullets and mortars falling around me were a little more dangerous”. He opened the pack and inside there was a card stating that the surgeon general has determined that cigarette smoking is bad for your health. Probably not a RC problem but they sure didn’t have to put the card in the now empty pack of smokes. Btw, the RC care packages had to be stolen off the truck to obtain them. They were never just handed out.

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  19. This is difficult to read, understand or comprehend! Is it really true? Who could make up such allegations if not seen first hand. She witnessed all she described of the incompetence, lack of organization and complete lack of concern for the needs of the people there. I find it disgusting and truly sickening of the Red Cross. What are they thinking I ask??? Juanita 9-18-2017

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  20. I volunteered myself to the RC. I spent hours on the computer learning the history and structure of the RC. Schecduled for my first training, 3 days of RC operations and shelter training. Just before I was about to leave, they told me to fork over $500.00 for training fees and lodging. (Food and facilities provided free by a local church) I was unable to do that. RC was re-doing their volunteer system for management. After the roll out- my account had dissaperead! After hours on the phone it was not resolved. My experience at the blood bank was also a travesty. Red Cross accepts donated blood for free. The required processing involved is expensive. The RC charges such high fees to the hospitals that use it, that there is now competition – that costs less! RC managers complained that they would close soon if they didnt make more money! My experience with disaster services was equally appaling. During an office visit, I mentioned needing updating of my CPR certificates. I talked about the American Heart Association and their services, and the “paid” RC director of the office nearly ripped my head off. She said they are our competition! Don’t ever mention them in our office again! I have wasted countless hours in an attempt to volunteer. My emails from the Red Cross mothership are always “send Money” or “We need your help” send more money, A Total Waste. Top heavy, paradise for gold bricks. DO not donate to the Red Cross. DOnate to Salvation Army or your local church based organization.

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  21. I was an ARC volunteer in the mid 80s for a few years, doing different things for them. However, each path of service left me frustrated with their mismanagement and legalistic approach in some situations and laissez-faire approach in what I thought were areas needing quality control. I spent considerable time taking many courses from them, mainly in disaster response, only to learn years later when serving in another organization (Community Emergency Response Team….CERT) that the ARC had no kept records of my training courses with them and I, unfortunately, could not find the little 3×5 cards they had issued to us for completion certifications, so I again had to take their course in Shelter Management. What I consider their greatest malfeasance during that area was a policy to not accept companion animals in shelters (they may have changed somewhat by now). It forced thousands of people to their own devices instead of ARC shelters. I have worked in 4 shelters during hurricanes, from hauling luggage to animal keeper to cook to Director. Eventually, I left the ARC and became a volunteer FF/EMT in a small town, which was much better managed comparatively, though the leadership was still way below where it needed to be.

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  22. You are the fool if you think we’re going to fall for your dribble.
    Your no doubt one of them on the take and the truth is going to hurt your wallet.

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    1. We are simply reporting stories of Hurricane Harvey survivors, which we have found to be convincingly consistent in their complaints. Just because you do not like a story, does not make it a lie. We have also reported The Red Cross’ response to these stories, as well as several of their press releases, in an attempt to provide a complete picture of the situation.

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  23. I will not donate to the Red Cross, not even a penny. My dad was stationed in England during WW2. His first wife was pregnant with twins, she had complications and needed dad to come home. He didn’t have the money to get back so he went to the Red Cross for help, he was denied! He never got to see my twin brothers or his 1st wife again all three passed when she delivered the twins. The babies lived a short time after birth. He never got to see them,hold them etc. They didn’t even care that he was worried, got a flat out NO! Here he was a medic and helping soldiers that had been hurt, he was a great medic because his Col, wanted him to further his education and become a DR. But, he refused saying he had seen enough. So now I have no idea nor did he of the twin boys<my brothers burial place. Have no idea if it's Calif. or Oregon

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  24. #thegreattexasdrive Check it out!! My friends at the Red Cross racing from Florida to help Texas even though storms were heading their way! The military will not distribute Christmas cards you send, because they don’t know what you have written in them or put in them. Even though every year, on FB, you see the address to send those cards. Maybe the Red Cross won’t distribute hamburgers if they aren’t exactly sure where they came from. It doesn’t stop someone from distributing the burger themselves. Burgers are different then unopened packages of food or water.

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  25. I donated to the Red Cross during the tragedy Hurricane Katrina. After that donation, I learned that the Red Cross did not appropriate the money collected to help the victims of Katrina They decided to distribute the monies elsewhere. Marsha Evans, the President and CEO came in to the Red Cross just after the 9/11 attack and was criticized for how funds collected for 9/11 and Katrina were handled. After Katrina, Evans resigned. I stopped donating to the Red Cross because they really don’t do what they’re supposed to do. Research the more local organizations set up in the communities that need assistance and national organizations that have been noted to be the best charities to donate money, food, clothing, etc.

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  26. Wow, the Red Cross seems inept in every way possible and seems to lack any decency or common sense. I suppose if you employ high dollar executives to oversee an organization like this, they dont know what to do, because they have never had to organize anything before and are too embarassed to admit this, because it will reflect badly on them. If they dont employ some ceo with empathy and common sense, The Red Cross wont be around too much longer!!

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  27. I have never heard anything good from the Red Cross. My Dad served in the Korean War said they would bring in items clearly marked not to be sold, For distribution to US Servicemen and charge for them for these items. It seems there were problems during Katrina.

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  28. My dad was in the Navy he was gone on some mission for our country. One of my brothers got really sick and went into the hospital, when he was released the hospital would not let my mom take him home until after she paid his hospital bill. my mom worked hard long ours and my dads checks were not reaching her so she went to the red cross to borrow some money. she told them she could give some money from each pay check until the loan was paid off because my mom could not give them a defiant date of when they can expect to receive the full amount of the loan paid so they told her
    NO
    She cried and then went to the Salvation Army told them the same thing she told the red cross all the salvation army said was how much do you need my mom told them they gave her the money. She said I will make payments to you they said no you do not have to do that just in the future when you have something to donate please donate it to the Salvation Army so they can continue to help people in need… it was the Salvation Army paying it forward.. My mom never donated to the red cross again and raised her children to only donate to organizations that truly help people out… so my mom and all her children have donated to the Salvation Army their whole lives and still do . Never to the red cross .

    My hubby and I donated to Katrina through a different organization. The ones who donated through the red cross heard that the red cross made an announcement that they had received so many donations that they were going to use the rest of the Katrina money on other things. When everyone donated into any of the organizations for Katrina we all were told told by all the organizations including the red cross to mark our donation whether check or credit card to state that our donations were strictly for the Katrina victims. Even then red cross still tried to steel donations. The red cross organization needs to be dismantled and its doors closed forever!!!!!!!

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