Why you should boycott the American Red Cross and give to other groups instead

It’s not that hard to boycott the American Red Cross if you’re a disaster victim.

Your odds of finding one of them, let alone getting help from them, are close to infinitesimal.

Unless news media cameras are around…

Then you can count on one (very thin) blanket, a bottle of water and a hug which, if you’re lucky, will appear in Red Cross advertising all across this great land of ours.

Hugs and photo ops. That’s the real business the American Red Cross is in.

And cash. Lots and lots of donor cash – raised during moments of extreme distress and spent any way the Red Cross pleases (and it pleases the Red Cross to spend it on things other than helping the people you sent it to help.)

Their business model is simple: they take real cash in and give “virtual” help out.

Lots of pictures. Very little action and even less material help.

If you’re reading this, you’re probably not a disaster victim which is good because this article is for you.

It’s you who should boycott the American Red Cross.

There are many, many other groups that are doing great work in the disaster zone.

They’re spending real money and providing real help in the area. In many cases, they are spending 100% of every penny they receive for direct relief and are raising their admin costs through other means.

You’ll find groups we have examined over the years and trust at: http://www.HelpAfterSandy.org

More evidence of the continuing lack of meaningful Red Cross response. Keep in mind that this was filmed three full weeks after the storm:

You’ll find groups we have examined over the years and trust at: http://www.HelpAfterSandy.org

Here is a local businessman who is working seven days a week twelve and more hours a day to help his community.

He is very polite and diplomatic in his answer, but if you translate what he actually is saying, help from government “emergency services” and the Red Cross is very thin indeed. (This was also filmed three weeks after the storm.)

You’ll find groups we have examined over the years and trust at: http://www.HelpAfterSandy.org

Lest you think that the Red Cross poured on the help right after the storm and are exhausted by their initial response, here’s a clip that shows that was not the case.

Note: There is now plenty of bottled water available. That is not an urgent need.

You’ll find groups we have examined over the years and trust at: http://www.HelpAfterSandy.org

15 Responses to Why you should boycott the American Red Cross and give to other groups instead

  1. Laura November 21, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

    I agree. Heard this first hand repeatedly when I did relief work in Biloxi following Katrina. I remember one individual saying to me, “once the tv cameras were gone, so was the Red Cross.”

  2. Woodstuck November 22, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    Nobama, FEMA, Red Cross – All B.S.

    We have great drones though, we have GMO’s, we are in Israel and Afghanistan, we are held accountable for what WE do, why are we not holding our federal government responsible for what they DO NOT do?

    Power companies who have made millions (if not billions) from these same people and we see no Executive Order to have power restored in 3 days? Yet we see Executive Orders to jail us without trial or charge indefinitely… Our military has more than these folks (in OTHER Countries!!!) All the cash in these past elections (sick), but nobody to help our freezing and dying babies and seniors…

    Thank God for everyday people. I pray for you all and your loved ones – For YOU are the Americans that that graced our once fine Country. Taxes paid, red cross donations in the millions and they are nowhere to be found? Noabam does a visit for the cameras but remains hollow in actual assistance. I am so sorry for the way these people have to spend their Holiday – Want to give thanks? Give to the REAL efforts helping these neighbors of ours – Not our government, not the red cross, but the local and long distance volunteers and small businesses providing some of the needs of our unfortuante victims. How many Nobama votes came from this area? Enough to put him in office again and continue to ignore the needs and desires of our people – We saw more BS assistance for the tsunami than we see for our people right here in these United States.

    God Bless all who helped, no matter how small… YOU ARE THE HEROES, YOU HAVE COMPASSION, YOU WILL SUFFER TO PROVIDE FOR THE OTHERS. I fear for our future – You can’t buy a large soft drink, but you can starve and be left stranded in any emergency – It is worse than sad, it is a travesty.

  3. Bert November 22, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    I am glad to see people are catching on to this “org”
    I have been boycotting the Double Red Cross for nearly 30 years when I woke up to their humanitarian practices. As the song goes ” stealing in the name of the lord and that ain’t right”
    My uncle said even when he was young the double cross was in after a tornado had hit their town. I also remember the pay scandals in the 70’s.
    Katrina and Sandy both show a little more prepardness is a great deal of common sense.

  4. MG Wright November 22, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    I Heard a lot of stories about the Red Cross stiffing people during the fires here in San Diego. I know there are probably SOME people who thank God for the Red Cross being there and providing what they did. But probably just as many people ended up getting help from other groups because the Red Cross just never came across. I saw a woman drive up to a homeless feeding facility in a big chevy suburban and take out 6 styro boxes full of food for her family, who were CAMPING OUT on the site that USED to be their home, and was at that time a charred lot. This was a YEAR AND A HALF AFTER THE FIRES! She and her family were STILL waiting for FEMA, the RED CROSS, their insurance company, or ANYBODY to deliver any real tangible help that would actually change their conditions. They had used up all their savings staying in motels and doing what they could for themselves, and hadn’t had anything better from the RED CROSS than an occasional truck driving through the neighborhood doling out coffee and doughnuts. They had bought their own camping gear, and were sleeping in a tent and roasting weenies over a little campfire where they used up all the scrap wood left over from their ruined home. She was middle-class, not some chronically homeless or charity-dependant BUM! Her story really struck me hard. Where was HER share of the 50 billion in donations? FEMA kept giving them the run-around, they were no better than the ARC. It has GOT to be FRAUD on a high and broad level. But isn’t there any way the Red Cross and FEMA can be brought in line and FORCED to play by the rules? Why just give up and walk away? Can’t they be monitored and audited to keep them from committing such disgraceful FRAUD??

  5. Darwin November 22, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    I am an American citizen but I live in Thailand.I wanted to make a donation for the Sandy victims. I went to the Red Cross website and went through the process to donate but at the end I discovered their form does not allow anyone to give unless you have an address in the US. I even tried Paypal but was the same.

    I contacted them at their Facebook page and had a short conversation. The could not come up with a viable solution for me to be able to donate. They suggested Thai Red Cross, which forces you to make an ATM transfer and have no way to designate the funds where you want them to go. They also suggested sending money to friends or relatives in US and have them make the donation.

    They promised research into the problem but I have never heard from them again.

    • ken November 22, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

      Your odds of money given to the Thai Red Cross ending up in the hands of a freezing and hungry New Yorker at all, let alone in a timely fashion, are about the same as winning the Power Ball lottery. (This is not to say anything against the Thai version of the Red Cross, but the logistical realities are stacked against you.)

      We’ve listed numerous reliable aid organizations on the HelpAfterSandy.org home page. I’m sure one of them must take PayPal.

  6. Kathleen Scott November 22, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    How do I help?

    • ken November 22, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

      You can go to the home page of HelpAfterSandy.org for reliable groups to donate to and how to donate items directly to local relief groups if you live in the NYC area.

  7. Lori November 23, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    What about the Salvation Army? Did they play a visible role in helping hurricane Sandy folks? I was surprised not seeing them listed with the other organizations…

  8. John November 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    Careless waste of money in Africa:
    One of my friends has lived for twelve years in the 70’s in a very nice neighborhood overlooking Lake Kivu. The next door mansion -rented or owned by the red cross- had an off road parking where for ten years stood unused 12 of the biggest, poshest, Range Rover 4WD, painted white with red crosses; they just stood there totally unused for ten years from brand new until they were rusty and with rotting tyres. Only two of the cars got occasionally used.
    The very top of the red cross is headed by sociopaths, people who do not have any capacity for compassion, that is why so much of the money is wasted. Read ‘Political Ponerology’ and ‘Architects of deception’. One of the Red Cross’ crimes was to smuggle the money for the communist revolution into Russia. In all wars since, they had the perfect position to spy on both sides of a conflict, and to sell weapons to the side which was beginning to lose, in order to make the conflict last longer- selling always to both sides but more to the losing side; so, the longer they keep fighting the more profit!!!

  9. Mary November 23, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    I stopped giving to the Red Cross years ago when my husband and I were forced out of our apartment which was under six feet of water after the river flooded it’s banks. We had a toddler and a 3 month old baby at the time and were new to the area, we also had no family or relatives in the area.
    When my husband asked the Red Cross for help we were turned down and told they couldn’t help us and that he should go to the military base for help.
    We finally got a place to stay through a couple of strangers who helped us out until the water subsided. No help whatsoever from the Red Cross.
    I vowed then never to give to that organization again.

  10. laura November 24, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    i have not been supporting the red cross since they contaminated the hiv blood, and i never will again. in my eyes . i will do my up most best to tell everyone to boycott red cross. they are there to help others in need NOT THEMSELF with donation of caring people. PEOPLE WHO TRULY CARES FOR OTHERS IN NEED

    • Rainy November 25, 2012 at 8:48 am #

      Back in the eighties the Red Cross fought blood testing for HIV, because it cut into their profits of selling the blood people donated…they were no where when we got hit with back to back hurricanes in Florida in 04. The salvation army was there instantly offering hot meals to anyone and everyone, had a guy standing out on the street with a sign inviting anyone hungry to come and partake…they will always get my donations, never ever the Red Cross. Shame on them.

  11. Don November 25, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    I give only to the Salvation Army…they are always there, and the officials do not make the big salaries like the Red Cross! Also, they are a Christian organization and take care of the homeless…ALL THE TIME!

  12. Carole November 29, 2012 at 12:59 am #

    After World War II, my grandfather always said, give to the Salvation Army – Not Red Cross. I guess some things never change.