August 28, 2012
When the flood of '97 hit Grand Forks, ND the Red Cross was there for photo ops and not much more. Of all the people I've spoken with the only thing they did was hand out a few gas and hotel vouchers. The main work was done, to my surprise, by the Salvation Army. My mother went to the aid office that they had set up to see what assistance they could get. She was met with form after form and no end in sight. A woman she met there with her kids in tow had been there for two days filling out forms. After each one she had been handed a new one and sent to another line. The woman was at wits end since she desperately needed some form of help but was at the point of leaving. My mother left, not having the time to waste. At the end the Red Cross tried to walk away with half the the money that had been donated for the Red River valley flood. When caught they decided to spend that cash or at least some of it on airing commercials in the area letting everyone know how great they were. One of our state senators called for an audit which to my surprise takes an act of congress. His motion failed so who knows how much money this "charity" pocketed. I certainly hope they are better in other places of the world but after this heart breaking experience I'd rather not give to them
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