posted on Feb, 11 2010 @ 09:37 AM
reply to post by ANOK
No, I am angry, because I feel like these institutions are predatory. I think that they play on people's emotions. I think all too often the people
that give the most are the ones that have the least to give.
They are less fortunate, less educated, and less informed, so they cave in to the emotional marketing campaigns and they make sacrifices to try and do
the right thing for other people in need, because they understand the heartache.
I think they deserve to know that only pennies on the dollar actually get to where they intend it to get. I think they deserve to know that millions
of pounds of ice sat and melted instead of getting into people's hands. I think they deserve to know that out of their $1 only 0.31 made it past the
administration costs, then another percent of that went to paying for fuel to run generators to keep ice frozen, so that it could eventually be thrown
out! I think they deserve to know that after their dollar became 0.31, and that 0.31 became 0.25, then that 0.25 was probably passed on to a local
group on the scene that took another 0.15 for its own administration cost, so now there is left 0.10 to go to the people.
Now, that 0.10 is combined with everyone elses, and it is used to "purchase" from a profit seeking company an item that has been overpriced! Now at
least three different entities have made a profit and paid wages and paid for marketing before anything gets to the people who need it!
Now, some good eventually comes, and someone gets their bottle of water or their blanket, only to have roving gangs come by once or twice a week and
snatch it up and sell it again!!
Compare that to Giant Cargo Loads of shipping containers full of socks and blankets and tarps and underwear and old shoes and hats. They pull up,
they open the doors wide and they let the people take whatever it is that they need. There is plenty to go around, there is no marketing or profit.
There is no need to steal it, because there is more than enough for everybody and the second hand price is not worth the crime. Some people will
still choose to send money, and that money can pay for shipping costs.