posted on Nov, 10 2012 @ 10:34 AM
I want to be mad over this thread, but I can't. I live in NJ. I have two small children and we had no power for over a week. While my town did
sustain some damage, it wasn't anything in comparison to the shore cities. FEMA is here, Red Cross is here, and some other charities I have never
heard of before. I didn't take anything from Red Cross, because we were ready. BUT, there were many many people who needed it. My issue was that
after the power came back on, Red Cross came to my block. My neighbors were outside taking food. I was not okay w that. There was no reason for them
to take it aside from because they could.. The local grocery stores were open, some of them had no damage to their homes, yet there they were.. Taking
food. And trying to encourage me to take it as well. "There is hot pudding for the kids! Here, take some!"... No, I will not.
Here's the thing. People need help. A lot of it. There are people suffering horrible losses, from homes to lost relatives. If you want to help, ship
some boxes of blankets, clothes, and food to the shelters. They are all available online. Then you know that the items are getting to the people. Lets
be honest here folks. It's no surprise that the money deducted from our checks is not making it to the agencies.. Or the agencies are using it for
things they shouldn't be using it for.. But again, the people shouldn't suffer more because of this.