I wrote this article a few days after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami killed over 23,000 people. Much of it still holds true for the way I feel about the non-profit group and how it operated on a national level shortly after the 9/11 terror attacks.
It is impossible to purchase a simple piece of chicken wire to patch a hole in a fence anymore! I had to buy 25 feet of the stuff to cover a two foot gap in our fence.
I could not believe it.
A two foot piece of chicken wire should have been fifty-cents. However, my main complaint is that even this hardware store was busy trying to hit me up to donate money to the National American Red Cross for Tsunami Relief.
Give it a rest! I am still smarting from how the National American Red Cross handled the monies for the 9/11 attacks.
At that time I was involved heavily with the Red Cross in Reno. And I helped raise money for disaster relief for victims of the 9/11 terror attacks and to help support local operations and people heading there as volunteers.
But what happened next left me ashamed. It also put me on the defensive with a lot of people including my former program director at a radio station I was working for at the time.
The National American Red Cross stepped in and absorbed all of the ready cash on hand from all of the local chapters from across the nation. For our little old chapter, that meant near bankruptcy.
My former program director went into orbit when he found all of our local charity work we had been doing was suddenly and without good cause sucked up by the folks at National. I still remember him yelling at me as if I had something to do with it.
I think he said a word or two about stealing and theft.
Honestly, I want to puke every time I see a Disaster Relief canister or request form put out by the National American Red Cross. I cannot forgive them and how they treated this volunteer.
Don’t get me wrong, I feel bad for the people who survived that tidal wave, but I won’t toss a penny to the Red Cross to help them. I’ll find some other place to put my donation.
In my mind there’s very little difference between a target and a symbol.