By Suzanne Eovaldi, staff writer
Before you whip out your credit card, pay pal, and “I helped the tornado victims” angst, take a deep breath, step back, and consider giving to charities that will ensure your hard earned money goes to the desperate victims, and not into some nebulous administrative fund for distant relief organizations.
For instance, the Salvation Army’s Commissioner Todd Bassett only draws a yearly salary of $13,000 (plus housing) for managing the $2 billion dollar organization, with 96% of donated dollars going directly to the victims, according to one email report I just received, albeit non attributable.
I have found the Army to be very responsible and sent my donation to Salvation Army, 1130 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63139-3147. In the memo line, write “Joplin Tornado Relief.”
You, also, can contact Joplin Mayor Mike Woolston’s direct source, Mark Morris at 417-624-0820 x 247. Email is MMorris@joplinmo.org . Other city contact numbers are 417-625-3543; 417-625-3542; 314-623-9991.
An “until further notice” mandatory boil water notice has been issued for Joplin, and they are in real need of potable, drinking, water! According to Fox News, enough clothing is pouring in. I have no information about foodstuffs needed. You, also, could contact Pat Robertson’s Operation Blessing or Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse for further donation advice.
The same email I received about the amount of donated money charities give directly to victims listed the American Red Cross President and CEO Marsha J. Evans as drawing a yearly salary of $651,957, plus expenses. The American Legion National Commander draws a ZERO salary, but the UNICEF CEO Caryl M. Stern is reported to draw a yearly salary of $1,200,000 plus ALL expenses including a ROLLS ROYCE!
In response to the Forbes Magazine’s list of its ten least efficient big charities one blogger commented, “Greedy rich people in charge of money for charities. 100 years ago they would be hanging from a tree. I will never give another penny outside of my home town,” the poster concluded.
A couple of caveats here also apply. Our media outlets naturally will push donating to the big charities because they can buy huge blocks of TV time, thus boosting the media’s ad revenues. Secondly, being hit when we see the horrifying images spread across our TV screens, of course, makes us the most vulnerable,and they know to pitch their most pitiful appeals at this time. And is it I, or am I just getting paranoid about political correctness overkill? Why are we not seeing as many poignant pleas to give to the Joplin victims as we did during the politically correct minority Katrina, Asian Acha, or Haitian tragedies? And what happened to the Japanese tsunami victims? Have the far left liberal media hens just tossed these unfortunate souls under multicultural buses in their templates of whom to give to and whom to ignore? All I’m saying is use your heads when donating your hard earned charity dollars.
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