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    [QUOTE=noveltyjunkie;5370749]I have seen so many negative things about the Red Cross here, and I could never understand it.

    People were always going on about charging for coffee....
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    I heard that too, when I was on the local board of the American Red Cross. I heard it from my dear brother-in-law, who remained bitter all his life. But when I was taking night calls, I could access military phone lines, and I could get anyone home from anywhere in the world, and I could get it with no cost to the ones I brought home. But that simple doughnut thing has cost the Red Cross a hideous sum, and continues to do so to this very day. The Red Cross did NOT want to charge for it, but political pressure was strong then as now. But...the memory lingers on. I read once that people will not remember quite what you said. They will not remember just exactly what you did, but they most certainly WILL remember how you made them feel. And the Red Cross made our own GIs feel badly..like second class citizens my BIL said. I'm afraid that will live in their memories as long as they see the light of day.

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    RC has been a bad word in our family for years. My dad in world war 2, said they didn't do anything for the soliders. He was a POW and never got help from RC.

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    When my husband was in the service in the 60's, we had a problem with his pay. He went to the RC until the pay issue could be solved (they said by next payday). RC said no, even though the correction would be done within a month. They said we had no way to pay them back. We just needed the money for our rent. I would not give even a penny to the RC. Thanks goodness for my in laws, they helped us.

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    When our first home flooded 17 years ago, the Red Cross came by twice a day. Sandwiches for lunch, hot meals for dinner. Even brought prior days leftover sandwiches for the dogs. Whe our second home flooded 5 years ago, they gave us a thousand dollar gift card to pay for bedding and mattresses. My son who is now 21 called them the neighbors back 17 years ago. To me they were a God-send.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts View Post
    That is sort of an insulting thing to say. It may not be your thing, but other people like it.

    And to all the posters who are saying the veterans in their family hate the RC because they charged for coffee and donuts, please READ the article, the US Army Dept. MADE them charge. They did NOT want to charge.
    Then look at their stats now. Go check out the salaries of the top administration, where do you think all that money is coming from??? There are way to many stories to the negative side rather than the positive!!

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    Think of the good they could do with all the money they receive if their execs took the same pay as the Salvation Army execs take. Just do a check of how much of each $ actually goes for the charity work and how much is eaten up by overhead and exec salaries. There is a gov site (I think) that gives this infor on all major charities. United Way is another one that uses way more of the contrbutions for overhead than they use for helping people. It sure changed the way I give my money.

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    CharityNavigator.org gives out this info. I have a hard time giving to a charity if the CEO's are making over $200K.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arbed31 View Post
    My dad is a WW2 veteran and hates the Red Cross. It was many years ago but when he talks about them the veins in his head almost pop out.
    My Dad as well, did not like the RC! He never, ever gave them a dime.

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    My dad would also get very passionate about his dislike of the RC for those same reasons. I found this article very interesting. I've never donated to the RC out of respect for my Dad but this adds new light to the issue. Thanks for the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts View Post
    That is sort of an insulting thing to say. It may not be your thing, but other people like it.

    And to all the posters who are saying the veterans in their family hate the RC because they charged for coffee and donuts, please READ the article, the US Army Dept. MADE them charge. They did NOT want to charge.
    Say we actually believe the story about being made to charge back then.....who is forcing them to do the same thing now? Yes, they still charge for a lot of the "services" they may provide. Not a dime from me will they ever see. I give my money to the Salvation Army. My dad was another one who hated the RC with a passion.
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    Remember when everyone was saying to give to the Red Cross when Haiti had the earth quake a few years ago? Well, I have heard that they STILL haven't gotten all of the money. And a lot of the people there still live in the tent villages set up right after the quake.
    This spring there were several tornados that went through the southern part of Indiana one day. The area was hit hard. A quilt guild gave the RC some quilts to give to the people. The RC only takes $$$$ so they gave them to a thrift shop where the tornado victims could BUY them!!! They should have told the quilt guild to give them to a local church or some other place in the area that would have GIVEN them to the people.
    I do not give to the Red Cross, but will give to and ring the bells for the Salvation Army!

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    When my mother was 3 years old, there was a house fire and everything was lost in the fire. Thanks Goodness everyone survived. My grandfather and uncle needed coats so they could go to work. They were told by the RC that they didn't need coats they were strong men (my uncle was 9 or 10 at the time.) It was hard enough I'm sure for my grandfather to ask for anything. It is something that has NEVER been forgotten. that was in 1944.

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    How interesting....wasn't aware of most of this. I tend to donate/help small local charities with mostly volunteer workers. I like supporting charities at grassroots level. I have no time for organisations which are too top heavy.

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    My Money goes to the Salvation Army. Never a dime to the RC.
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    In high school there was a guy that we all knew that volunteered for Vietnam. His dad and older brother were already there. He got a telegram that his dad and brother were killed and his mother needed him at home , for fear she would be left with no family. The red cross contacted him and paid for his trip home then after the funerals , sent him a bill and said he would be sued if not paid , for over $10,000.00 I've never given a dime to them since then.
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    One of my uncles was wounded in WW2. While he was in the hospital, a RC worker offered him paper & a pencil, with which to write home. Now, if someone handed me a pencil and did not mention that it was going to cost me something, then I would think it was free. Well, that's not what happened -- after my uncle wrote the letter, the RC worker then charged him for the pencil. Obviously, the pencil's cost was very small, so that was not the issue. it was the way the RC charged after the fact that was the problem.
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    and yet, I just read an article about a woman who was in Holland during the Nazi occupation, when the general population was reduced to eating grass, because they were starving, and the Red Cross air-dropped supplies so they could stay alive.

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    Makes you wonder if they only charge Americans, or, maybe they sent a bill to the officials in Holland. Either way, they have proven they are NOT what they claim to be!

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