Monday, December 14, 2009

American Red Cross

Mission Statement: "The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies."


My Donation: FREE $10

For CYRING OUT LOUD Glamour!!! You know, normally, I am not one of those people with nothing better to do with their time who send nasty letters to the editor into magazines. But...this is seriously the last straw.

Today's charitable act was MEANT to be sending holiday cards to soliders overseas. I was actually excited for this one. I have plenty of Christmas cards lying around, and for little more than the cost of a stamp, I could send as many notes of thanks to the men and women protecting our country as my little heart desires.


The cards are actually mailed to an American Red Cross P.O. Box, not directly to the troops, so that each card can be checked for hazardous material and inappropriate content before being delivered to deserving soldiers. Totally understandable.

Now lets think about this, shall we? Today is December 14. Christmas is 11 days away. Hannukah started 3 days ago. Even if delivering the mail only took a week (to get overseas...yeah, right...but still, a simplifying assumption) and sorting the mail took a week, cards would have to be mailed out by December 11 AT THE LATEST in order for the servicemen to receive them on Christams.

Not surprisingly, the Red Cross has THOUGHT of this, and has closed the Holiday Card P.O. box for the 2009 season. Glamour, however, chose this as the charitable act for TODAY, December 14, WHEN THE BOX WAS ALREADY CLOSED!

Am I surprised? Not in the least.

But, I feel so guilty that I missed the deadline, that I decided to make a small contribution to the American Red Cross instead. P.S. $0.92 of every $1.00 that is donated to the Red Cross is spent on humanitarian services and programs!

Glamour take note - my subscription notice just came in the mail this weekend. Will I be renewing? Uh...what do you think?

1 comment:

  1. Hi Betty - This is Wendy Harman from the American Red Cross. Thanks for your support! We appreciate you and look forward to getting your cards next year! We're examining ways to expand the program in the future but thanks for understanding and for your generous contribution this year.