How to continue the spirit of giving

GivingWe are entering the spirit of giving, our first holiday is in a couple of weeks.

Many companies are giving back to the community year-round by volunteering or donating to local charities.
How do you contribute?

Many individuals are doing it through work.
In this season we give to the Salvation Army, volunteers are ringing the bell outside of our favorite stores.
Some will volunteer at a soup kitchen, shelters, becoming a big brother or sister.
At the time of thanksgiving we are reminded to be kind and generous to one another.
Do you invite your neighbor over to share a meal?

Others will send money via text or web for relief causes.
If you are looking to give for relief causes, make sure the money is going to help the people.

I have been a huge fan of the Red Cross, I even got trained for my CPR by them. The trainers were two brothers, active volunteers who traveled around the world to help during catastrophic events rescuing people.

I always felt I could give money to them, knowing it would go to the support the right cause. I had nothing to question, I knew they had an outstanding reputation across the globe.

When 9/11 happened, I gave to the Red Cross to help the victims in New York. It was too far to come and help onsite. A few months after the money was given, we all found out the money never went to help the victims. It was routed to replenish their general funds. I was at that point extremely disappointed and angry. I felt betrayed by them. From that point on, I made a promise not to send any more money to them. After that scandal, an investigation was performed to bring transparency on how the donations where distributed.

I was looking at a tweet from the BBC last Friday, when I saw something regarding the Red Cross. I opened the article. An audit was performed and found that 5 million dollars that was supposed to go for the Ebola relief never went there. Instead the money was used to pay some “ghost” workers and money disappeared by inflating the price of medications during their purchase.

It is extremely disturbing to read these kinds of articles.  There is so much mismanagement of money that should have helped people instead of going to someone or some entity where it should not have gone.

The volunteers at the Red Cross are wonderful people who are spending their lives to rescue and help others. Going to areas that are unsafe just to help the people living there.
What is it going to take for people to stop mismanaging funds? They are smearing the name of an organization that has been doing a wonderful job for decades. It diminishes what volunteers are doing here and around the world.

Before you give to a cause, do your homework and make sure the funds go where they were supposed to go. Not into someone’s pocket.

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