Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Red Cross Chief Quits

This story contained a bit of news near the end that I found shocking: although the Red Cross raised $1.86 billion after Hurricane Katrina, the agency spent the money so quickly they borrowed another $350 million.

Consider that information when you hear that at a House hearing, Representative Jim Ramstad said that in one Mississippi town with minimal damage, residents received Red Cross checks which they spent on "DVDs, jewelry and electronics." Ramstad noted that "If Americans don't think their donations are being used wisely, they might not be so generous when the next disaster strikes."

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