I got a call last night from a friend of my wife. This friend is part of a group of medical professionals that go to help local hospitals when there is a disaster event. She was calling to ask me to tell my wife that she was heading to OKC to help with the tornado recovery effort.
I had just been on the phone to a co-worker in OKC Sunday who told me that it was bad but they expected to get more storms. I wanted to see how bad the tornado damage was so I started checking on line. That's when I go hit with all the content driven ads begging help for the American Red Cross.
I have one word for you if your considering giving money to either the Red Cross or the Salvation Army, DON'T!
These philanthropic organizations do very little to actually help people. Most of the money is wasted on paying big salaries to people who spend their time FUND RAISING. When they do bother to head out to a disaster location its only to get photo ops and spend some time qualifying people for aid so they can justify the grant money they get from the federal government.
There are better groups to give money to, don't waste your cash on the American Red Cross.