City Council Member urges Houstonians not to Donate to the Red Cross
At a council meeting last Wednesday, City Council member Dave Martin spoke out against the American Red Cross and urged people not to donate to them.
Dave Martin spoke out against the American Red Cross saying that the local government is the one doing all the heavy lifting, and referring to the Red Cross as “Red Loss”. “Every time I turn on the TV I see the Red Cross taking in millions of dollars in donations.” Martin was not shy about his feelings towards the Red Cross and how they are currently handling the after math of Harvey.
Martin was not shy about his feelings towards the Red Cross and how they are currently handling the after math of Harvey. “Most inept, unorganized organization I’ve ever experienced. Don’t waste your time, don’t waste your money [donating to the Red Cross],” Martin said. “Give it to another cause.” The city council clarified later on that they still support the thousands of Red Cross volunteers working in shelters all over the region.
Red Cross has come under fire more than once during the after math of hurricane Harvey. Some sources saying that they were not even aloud into a shelter because they did not meet the criteria for the Red Cross. Many people frustrated with the organizations and criticizing their allocation of funds and what is being done on the ground.
To many people’s surprise, the Red Cross does not disclose what percentage of funds are spent on directly helping victims. On an interview with Morning Edition, Red Cross Executive told host Ailsa Chang, that during the natural disaster in Hati, they can not account for what percentage of money was spent on relief; or what was spent on internal spending within the Red Cross.
With clean up efforts still underway Houstonians are looking to smaller local organizations to donate and bring supplies too. If you want to help relief efforts in Houston and the surrounding areas, but aren’t sure how, here is a link to an article by the Houston Press with more information