Ever since 9/11 I'll never give a goddamn dime to the Red Cross. I actually SAW Red Cross employees with pockets stuffed with cash, cigar boxes
overflowing with greenbacks stacked up under their little tent, a pair of RC employees standing with their back to the crowd, laughing, counting
Accountability, what's that?
I was saying this back when the tsunami hit; if you want to help, identify some people and send them the money yourself, in the form of a money order
or cashiers check. Middlemen incur costs, they slice the top cheese and deliver the rind. Even the best intentioned charities are crippled with
inefficiency brought on by logisitics and incurred costs.
There may be good charity organizations, but I wouldn't know the difference, because they all offer up the same spiel.
If you've got dollars burning a hole in your pocket, give 'em to the people who actually need it! Don't give money to the charities and trust it
will find its way to the victims. Hell, some people gave thousands of dollars, they could have flown down there and handed the money out to people.
Obviously this is extreme, but what are the options?
I've heard good things about the Salvation Army, but I can't confirm that. In any case, I feel really sorry for those villagers. They see the
international outpouring of sympathy and money, and then they get a check for 5 cents? Shameful.
It's one thing to give nothing at all, that's your perogative. But if you give money, you should be guaranteed that money will go where you wanted
it to go. I'll say it again, shameful.
How much of that money went to the government of the nations that got hit? What did they do with it? Buy a new car? Goddamnit...