Local residents, agencies assist tornado victims
May 6, 2011 12:21 a.m. /For The Times Jason Tanner, left, with the Pickens County government, greets Red Cross disaster volunteer Taylor Wallace at one of the tornado sites in Pickens County.
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#1 May 15, 2011
Be sure you know where your donations are going. People donate to big names like Red Cross thinking that they are actually helping. Just a few of the large corporate donations Red Cross has recieved for the victims of the tornadoes adds up to way over 50million. And when asked to help with housing they said they were out of housing vouchers. And to beat it all FEMA reimburses them for what they spend on houseing. So where is the money going? You may say food...Nope. The community donated and prepared the food to feed the volunteers and the victims. The workers that were there were volunteers. The red cross has about 600000 volunteers and 36000 paid employees. The Red Cross spent $1.7 billion on their own salaries and other employee compensation last year. Now if Jasper had 100's of families needing help I could see running low..but we are talking 100 homes with damage and roughly 30 that were destroyed. All those donations and they couldn't house 30 victims. And before you ask. 75% were uninsured. So Red Cross hasn't done alot..now FEMA steps in. FEMA paid a max of $5000 to the victims and most were closer to $1000. FEMA said the houses were livable. It didn't matter that they were relocated 10 ft or so. My point..when disaster strikes people dig in there purses and give to the big companies.The money may or may not be used for the disaster you are donating to. Pickens county has banned together and clothed, fed and housed many of the victims. The money donated to the fund Sheriff Donnie Craig set up is available for immediate use. And the items are being stored until the families have a place to put them. Food is set up at the relief center and all they have to do is come get it...no hassle. And the people doing it all are doing it because these are their friends family and neighbors. So when all else fails and the big companies have let you down. You have your community. If all else fails and you want to donate. Go hand it to the victims. It is rewarding to see the expressions of gratitude
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