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Chesterfield, MO

#1 Mar 7, 2012
Why is Red Cross turning people and business donations away? Do they not realize that our people will need supplies for months to come. This isn't just a week thing? I saw walmart trucks full of water sent away yesterday? Seriously? All they want is money. These companies are taking time out of their busy days to help us and you shun them? WTG RED CROSS! You are hurting our community by doing this. People will stop helping if this is how you are treating them and I don't blame them.
Morehead

Morehead, KY

#2 Mar 7, 2012
Yesterday I tried to take a donation of clothing to West Liberty I stopped by the American Red Cross relief center that was set up at the Church on 519. I pulled up and ask a lady that was with the red cross is i could drop off clothing I had for the people of West Liberty and she said they were not taking clothing anymore and sent me to another Church on 519 this church had on a billboard they were not taking clothing for the relief efforts. I know they may have been overwhelmed with clothing but do you think they had the right to turn a donation away. I find it sad that you have all these people needing clothing and supplies but yet the Red Cross dictates who can give what and when. Be aware of the Red Cross money donation because if you donate money it will not all go to The families in need. I was told that maybe 1 dollar out of every 10 donated actually goes to the people of West Liberty , heard on the radio that their was a bank over their taking money donation and all that money is to help the families their that sounds like the best ideal to me.

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#3 Mar 7, 2012
I know of an old man that walked to the Middle school from West Liberty who hadn't eaten in a couple days, and when he got there the RED CROSS told him they couldn't help him that he would have to go to a shelter closer to where he lived!! Some people who witnessed this grabbed the old guy and brought him in anyway and made sure he was fed. They said he was so weak he couldn't hardly hold his fork to eat. This old man is very well known in WL and around the county.....it's a shame outsiders are allowed to come into this county and treat people this way, I don't care if it is the RED CROSS!!
shelter resident

United States

#4 Mar 11, 2012
I couldn't agree more I've been staying in the shelter for 1 week and 2 days red cross is a crock they treat u like prisoners it just something I never wanna go through again :(
MeMe

West Liberty, KY

#5 Mar 11, 2012
They've been saying that money is what they want donated. I would like to know what it is that they're gonna do with the money when they have the items being brought to them. They say that they have no place to store stuff. I'm sure they could find a place to store everything. I agree it's a shame that you have all of these people trying to help and that help is being turned away.
God Have Mercy

Winder, GA

#6 Mar 11, 2012
Maybe someone or several people who lives down there will set up a place for donated goods. All I've Been hearing at the Shopping Centers Etc is people that want to Help and have many things to give, but are frustrated that they are turned away or told we don't want yr stuff, only cash. Please List Banks Etc or genuine needy individuals to help with cash donations, instead of Red Cross. We know that there is people in West Liberty that really need these things. Bypass all of this the Red Tape stuff. Allot of us want to get supplies & needs met of those that need it but are NOT getting it.(if you need to just list sections of county or roads or streets that we can access to take supplies in)
work there

Manchester, KY

#7 Mar 11, 2012
PLEASE money donations only ? Why is red cross wanting money when people are willing to donate things that are needed !Oh I get it money is easier to steal 1
yowsa

Chesterfield, MO

#9 Mar 11, 2012
because the ceo of red cross (a non-profit organization) makes 500,000 dollars a year !!
yowsa

Chesterfield, MO

#10 Mar 11, 2012
Marsha J. Evans, President and CEO of the American Red Cross... salary for year ending 06/30/03 was $651,957 plus expenses.
Disgusted

West Liberty, KY

#11 Mar 12, 2012
yowsa wrote:
Marsha J. Evans, President and CEO of the American Red Cross... salary for year ending 06/30/03 was $651,957 plus expenses.
What a crock of sh*t to pay someone in a non-profit position that kind of money. That's why they want donation in MONEY! I saw the Salvation Army truck in West Liberty yesterday. I can absolutely guarantee you that no one on the SA makes that kind of money!!!!!! Disgraceful. Don't give them a dime!!
Cynic

Macon, GA

#12 Mar 12, 2012
I dropped a BIG load of donated goods at the volunteer firestation on 460 in Ezel on Saturday. They were very thankful, and turned nothing down. People were coming in to get supplies the whole time we were there. They are still finding areas affected by this disaster. I believe the people from the area can better distibute goods than the federal gov't can. The red cross should be helping the local leaders rathaer than trying to run the show.
beccab

Shelbyville, KY

#13 Mar 13, 2012
God Have Mercy wrote:
Maybe someone or several people who lives down there will set up a place for donated goods. All I've Been hearing at the Shopping Centers Etc is people that want to Help and have many things to give, but are frustrated that they are turned away or told we don't want yr stuff, only cash. Please List Banks Etc or genuine needy individuals to help with cash donations, instead of Red Cross. We know that there is people in West Liberty that really need these things. Bypass all of this the Red Tape stuff. Allot of us want to get supplies & needs met of those that need it but are NOT getting it.(if you need to just list sections of county or roads or streets that we can access to take supplies in)
I agree! We have a group wanting to come in with supplies, but dont know what to help with ... we need a forum started where you all can list your needs and drop off centers, families that are willing to take the donations and get them to where they need to be...we've heard of school supplies being needed, is this still true, or has that need been met? what other suggestions are there?
Trying to help

West Liberty, KY

#14 Mar 13, 2012
beccab wrote:
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I agree! We have a group wanting to come in with supplies, but dont know what to help with ... we need a forum started where you all can list your needs and drop off centers, families that are willing to take the donations and get them to where they need to be...we've heard of school supplies being needed, is this still true, or has that need been met? what other suggestions are there?
Your best bet is to call the Morgan County Judge Executive's office as there has been so much miscommunication, apparently.

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#15 Mar 13, 2012
From most reports I have heard the Red Cross has distribution centers at 4 different areas in Morgan Co., but come Friday (03/16/12) all distribution will halt. If you need something YOU will have to come get it yourself, no more getting supplies for others. This will probably put a damper on people getting thier supplies at the RC distribution centers. The churches in the local areas who will still be taking supplies to the damaged areas and distributing them to the residents there will probably end up picking up the pace and doing more. A lot of people here are totally disgusted with how the RC is treating people here and the people who are trying to help. I don't think it's actually the RC they're disgusted with as it is the people the RC has allowed to run some of these distribution centers, the East Valley center in particular. Also, it has come to my attention that FEMA will be paying $17-$18 per hour per registered volunteer to the RC for the rebuilding of West Liberty and Morgan Co. It would be a grave mistake if the Churches, local officials and powers that be didn't make themselves a disaster handbook for thier particular areas that lists groups who are preferred to deal with, like "GODS PIT CREW", SAMARITANS PURSE" and "TOOMERS FOR TUSCALOOSA" among others. Also, the types of items needed at first, properties for local distribution facilities, etc. Having a DISASTER PLAN would eleviate a lot of the miscommunication and hysteria among people who want to help.
no fan of red cross

Campton, KY

#16 Mar 14, 2012
I am no fan of red cross, It seems like they don't really want to help. I know people in the past that have had fires, etc.. go to them for help and all they give them is a little packet consisting of toliet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo etc.. and a small and I mean small visa card that has to be used by the end of the month it was issued. If it was issued on the 29th and the month had 30 days, you had to use it before the end of the 30th.But then other people come in that were well known they would bend over backwards to help them in anyway they could, even going so far as to put them up in hotels or motels for several weeks at a time.
Not only that during ww2 the red cross instead of giving the soliders pencils and paper etc.. like there were supossed to sold it to them. I heard my late grandpa talk about that many a time.
I find it so hard to beleive that the southern baptist work with the red cross considering how badly the red cross is ran. But they do.
I would contact the Southern Baptist Disiaster relief to see what needed to be done. I have worked with them in the past and they are great to help out.
Anonymous

West Liberty, KY

#17 Mar 15, 2012
Part of the problem is that during this crisis, all of our local leadership was located in one area. We didn't seem to have anyone overseeing things out in the county.
Honda Rider

West Liberty, KY

#18 Mar 16, 2012
RED CROSS is a joke victiems dont get evey single dollar that is donated.Blackwater fire dept and scool at EZEL and PAINT CREEK CHURCH at Crockett are taking all donations.When the vitiems finally do find a home they are gonna need a lot of suppies
Karen Iwicki

Madison, WI

#19 Mar 16, 2012
Morgan County / West Liberty Tornado Victims Assistance
http://www.facebook.com/ #!/pages/Morgan-County-West-Li berty-Tornado-Victims-Assistan ce/264584666957745
ExposeTruth

Monterey, CA

#20 Mar 16, 2012
Some years ago I had the misfortune of being homeless for several weeks because the entire town in which I was living had been evacuated due to uncontrolled raging forrest fires. All lodging in the county was full & although I could have stayed in a local shelter, my pets were not allowed. The County provided a place for animals but it was outside in continuous temperatures well over 100F. There had already been reports of several pets losing their lives. The entire situation was a complete nightmare. I opted not to risk my pets to that death sentence. I instead drove for several hours to a coastal county where we could all breath more comfortably (this was at a time when gasoline was more than $5 per gallon), and still, no lodging was available. Our misfortune just seemed to escalate.

I decided to turn to The American Red Cross for help but none of this mattered to them. We were swiftly rejected. The excuse given was because "I left the County were I was initially 'offered help'". My pleading for them to reason made no difference & they adamantly refused to help on any level. I informed them at that time that I would never support The American Red Cross & would always tell others of their callousness during this horrible situation, and that I would urge people to support other charities instead.

In speaking with others, I have learned that this is not uncommon behavior with The Red Cross. There are many, many other charities more worthy & helpful than The Red Cross. The Red Cross is a sham.
Morgan County Resident

West Liberty, KY

#21 Mar 16, 2012
All of this is a terrible! We have offical that don't care and yes I do mean that! You see on the front page of the Licking Valley Courier No one died within the city limits well does that make it any easier! I heard from a friend tonight that there is donations being taken by fire departments like towels because they can use them! I am talking boxes and boxes, now could'nt a homeless family use some of those towels and that you can walk thru some peoples homes in west liberty that have not been affected and it is pile high with donations! Red Cross turning people away and only people with status getting what they want not because they are in need! so said

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