The most memorable local eateries along the highways and back roads of America
Sign In | Register for Free!
Restaurants Recipes Forums EatingTours Merchandise FAQ Maps Insider

 Donating

Change Page: 12 > | Showing page 1 of 2, messages 1 to 30 of 35
Author Message
mar52

  • Total Posts: 7605
  • Joined: 4/17/2005
  • Location: Marina del Rey, CA
Donating Sun, 05/1/11 5:28 PM (permalink)
I'm cleaning out the house.
 
I want to donate tons of clothes and a lot of brand new, still in the box items for the victims of the Alabama tornadoes.  
 
My problem is that I don't trust the Salvation Army or The Goodwill.  I know people that donated time at both places and they told me that when things came in for donation, the people that worked there got first dibs before they went on to the floor or wherever.  That will not work for me.
 
The Red Cross is taking donations, but they'd like everything new and on hangers...  as if those that lost everything they owed would care.
 
Any ideas?  I've checked checked the internet for churches around here and they all seem to have Salvation Army pickups.
 
I'm stumped!  I have a half dozen or more XL trash bags filled to the brim. now taking up space in my garage.  I need the room and I know that there are people out there that could use what I want to donate.
 
 
 
#1
    Sundancer7

    Re:Donating Sun, 05/1/11 5:36 PM (permalink)
    I would not trust the Red Cross to bury my dead dog.  They had hundreds of millions of dollars donated to them for Haiti, NOLA and various other issues.  People donate blood to them and they sell it to the hospitals plus they use the plasma.  The Red Cross has huge amount of assets.  It has not been that many years ago when the leader of the RC was caught fleecing them with huge homes and other assets.
     
    As far as other charities, I would take my chances on folks taking dibs on the best.  Perhaps they do but you will find that with almost any group.
     
    Donate it and write it off.
     
    Paul E. Smith
    Knoxville, TN
     
    #2
      Michael Hoffman

      • Total Posts: 17845
      • Joined: 7/1/2000
      • Location: Gahanna, OH
      Re:Donating Sun, 05/1/11 5:39 PM (permalink)
      I have problems with the Red Cross, but I've always found the Salvation Army to be a fine organization that actually helps people. I've seen them working while I was covering a few disasters as a reporter. And I've seen the Red Cross, too. I'll take the Salvation Army every time.
       
      #3
        6star

        • Total Posts: 4388
        • Joined: 1/28/2004
        • Location: West Peoria, IL
        Re:Donating Sun, 05/1/11 5:40 PM (permalink)
        mar52, you might try calling the 888 phone number on this website, as they might be able to connect you to an organization:
        http://www.waff.com/story/14546616/volunteer-by-calling-statewide-2-1-1-volunteer-hotline
        <message edited by 6star on Sun, 05/1/11 6:23 PM>
         
        #4
          Michael Hoffman

          • Total Posts: 17845
          • Joined: 7/1/2000
          • Location: Gahanna, OH
          Re:Donating Sun, 05/1/11 5:41 PM (permalink)
          I'm with Sundancer on the Red Cross.
           
          #5
            Michael Hoffman

            • Total Posts: 17845
            • Joined: 7/1/2000
            • Location: Gahanna, OH
            Re:Donating Sun, 05/1/11 5:42 PM (permalink)
            6star, I assume you meant that for Mar52.
             
            #6
              6star

              • Total Posts: 4388
              • Joined: 1/28/2004
              • Location: West Peoria, IL
              Re:Donating Sun, 05/1/11 5:49 PM (permalink)
              No, from scanning the article it sounded like this was the place coordinating all the relief efforts for all of the Alabama victims, including clothing donations.  I thought they might be able to give you the names of organizations that they trust to transport your clothing donation.
               
              #7
                Michael Hoffman

                • Total Posts: 17845
                • Joined: 7/1/2000
                • Location: Gahanna, OH
                Re:Donating Sun, 05/1/11 5:54 PM (permalink)
                6star, it was Mar52 who wants to donate.
                 
                #8
                  chewingthefat

                  • Total Posts: 6100
                  • Joined: 11/22/2007
                  • Location: Emmitsburg, Md.
                  Re:Donating Sun, 05/1/11 6:02 PM (permalink)
                  Michael Hoffman


                  I'm with Sundancer on the Red Cross.

                  Absolutely, X 10, I got a personal horror story about them and a donation, credit card, after 9/11!

                   
                  #9
                    Michael Hoffman

                    • Total Posts: 17845
                    • Joined: 7/1/2000
                    • Location: Gahanna, OH
                    Re:Donating Sun, 05/1/11 6:05 PM (permalink)
                    I've seen them in action at disasters. And I have a clear memory of them in Korea.
                     
                    #10
                      6star

                      • Total Posts: 4388
                      • Joined: 1/28/2004
                      • Location: West Peoria, IL
                      Re:Donating Sun, 05/1/11 6:27 PM (permalink)
                      Sorry, Michael.  For some reason I thought you were the original poster. (I hope it's not senility setting in.)  I corrected my original post.  Thank you for bearing with me.

                       
                      #11
                        Michael Hoffman

                        • Total Posts: 17845
                        • Joined: 7/1/2000
                        • Location: Gahanna, OH
                        Re:Donating Sun, 05/1/11 6:35 PM (permalink)
                        It's only senility if Voss thinks you're older than he is. Otherwise it's just a  reasonable mistake.
                         
                        #12
                          Hot Dog Empire

                          • Total Posts: 175
                          • Joined: 2/20/2011
                          • Location: Western Ma, MA
                          Re:Donating Sun, 05/1/11 7:18 PM (permalink)
                          Michael Hoffman


                          I have problems with the Red Cross, but I've always found the Salvation Army to be a fine organization that actually helps people. I've seen them working while I was covering a few disasters as a reporter. And I've seen the Red Cross, too. I'll take the Salvation Army every time.

                          I agree completely!! (except for me working as a reporter part) Do some research on how much money was donated to 911 victims, how long it took them to get it and how much interest they made off of the $$ in escrow. Its an antiquated system folks, with top- salary heavy executives and structuring to maximize "tax free status" not helping people....
                           
                          Thats just me......one old "fat mans" observation.
                          <message edited by Hot Dog Empire on Sun, 05/1/11 7:19 PM>
                           
                          #13
                            mar52

                            • Total Posts: 7605
                            • Joined: 4/17/2005
                            • Location: Marina del Rey, CA
                            Re:Donating Sun, 05/1/11 7:48 PM (permalink)
                            Oh No!
                            I'm older than Mr. Voss.
                             
                            I'm leery of any charity that advertises.  Advertising is expensive and that is not where I want my donations going.
                             
                            Then there are the higher ups.
                             
                            I just want people to have clothes to wear.  Something so simple seems to be quite difficult.
                             
                             
                             
                            #14
                              Michael Hoffman

                              • Total Posts: 17845
                              • Joined: 7/1/2000
                              • Location: Gahanna, OH
                              Re:Donating Sun, 05/1/11 8:28 PM (permalink)
                              mar52


                              I'm older than Mr. Voss.



                              In that case, you are part of the problem with Roadfood in that you are too old to be vibrant and worthwhile here. You dwell on the past by having one. You should be ashamed of yourself for living long enough to be older than Mr. Voss.
                               
                              #15
                                Foodbme

                                • Total Posts: 9574
                                • Joined: 9/1/2006
                                • Location: Gilbert, AZ
                                Re:Donating Sun, 05/1/11 9:11 PM (permalink)
                                Michael Hoffman


                                I'm with Sundancer on the Red Cross.

                                I'm with these guys too!
                                I was in Pensacola during 2 Hurricanes.
                                The Red Cross did the LEAST Good for people. They had all kinds of Chiefs there just riding around in Red Cross vehicles with very few people doing anything worthwhile. The Salvation Army did the best, most effective work.
                                I saw a audited report that said the Red Cross had the worst overhead record with the smallest % of money and other aid getting to the point of need while the Salvation Army had the Best Record. Go Army!!
                                 
                                Edit: I remember that there was so much clothing donated that they had problems finding places to store and sort it. I large amount of the clothing wound up in the landfill!

                                <message edited by Foodbme on Sun, 05/1/11 9:18 PM>
                                 
                                #16
                                  jajarino68

                                  • Total Posts: 152
                                  • Joined: 10/15/2006
                                  • Location: Maryville, TN
                                  Re:Donating Mon, 05/2/11 3:40 PM (permalink)
                                  This won't help you find an organization to donate to, but maybe it will help weeding the good from the bad.
                                  After having given to a local non-profit group and finding out some finance things and the way business was conducted, I now follow these guidelines.
                                  http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=30
                                  Then when I have decided on a charity, I research them using http://www2.guidestar.org/
                                  I doubt I will ever give a large donation based on compassion alone.
                                   
                                   
                                   
                                  #17
                                    6star

                                    • Total Posts: 4388
                                    • Joined: 1/28/2004
                                    • Location: West Peoria, IL
                                    Re:Donating Mon, 05/2/11 4:56 PM (permalink)
                                    It appears that on GuideStar you have to pay a fee to get any usable information. 
                                     
                                    #18
                                      Sundancer7

                                      Re:Donating Mon, 05/2/11 5:19 PM (permalink)
                                      This is one of the examples of why I would never ever give the Red Cross one red cent.  I was a huge donor many years ago and when I discovered the boss was living a huge life style off our donations.  I have attached just a few of their issues.  Believe me there are many many more:
                                       
                                      http://www.counterpunch.org/allen10202005.html
                                       
                                      Paul E. Smith
                                      Knoxville, TN
                                       
                                      #19
                                        mar52

                                        • Total Posts: 7605
                                        • Joined: 4/17/2005
                                        • Location: Marina del Rey, CA
                                        Re:Donating Mon, 05/2/11 7:06 PM (permalink)
                                        I'm still thinking about what to do while getting exercise avoiding the big trash bags on my floor.
                                         
                                        #20
                                          6star

                                          • Total Posts: 4388
                                          • Joined: 1/28/2004
                                          • Location: West Peoria, IL
                                          Re:Donating Mon, 05/2/11 7:22 PM (permalink)
                                          Don't you have a local homeless shelter that could use the clothes?  Shipping your bags of clothes all the way to Alabama would probably not be cost-effective for any charitable organization, unless they were already planning to go there to help out physically. 
                                           
                                          Even though we are at least 3 times closer to Alabama than you are, the only area organization who is shipping that I know of is our Midwest Food Bank that is sending 11,000 boxes (14 semi-truck loads) of food and immediate necessities, each capable of helping a family for 3 or 4 days.  These were requested by the Salvation Army.
                                           
                                          #21
                                            mar52

                                            • Total Posts: 7605
                                            • Joined: 4/17/2005
                                            • Location: Marina del Rey, CA
                                            Re:Donating Mon, 05/2/11 7:48 PM (permalink)
                                            That's a good point, but there are so many homeless around here that I have a problem with them.
                                             
                                            Instead of it being a problem of life, it's more of a life choice in this area.  Being homeless IS their job.
                                             
                                            Those that need it will suffer because I can't be a part of supporting my "neighbors".
                                             
                                             
                                             
                                            #22
                                              Curbside Grill

                                              • Total Posts: 3916
                                              • Joined: 10/11/2007
                                              • Location: Lawrenceburg, TN
                                              Re:Donating Mon, 05/2/11 10:39 PM (permalink)
                                              I bet there are so many places to donate clothes to locally.  Abuse centers is a good place to start. Call and ask. Alot of them have a store front somewhere to sell clothes to raise monies. This is where we donate our clothes for years.  Another one is food banks, they do the same thing. have gotten some good woodworking tools from them.  Ours here is a huge store . And another one is Catholic social services.  they might have a store front. some areas do and some areas don't.
                                              <message edited by Curbside Grill on Mon, 05/2/11 10:40 PM>
                                               
                                              #23
                                                Curbside Grill

                                                • Total Posts: 3916
                                                • Joined: 10/11/2007
                                                • Location: Lawrenceburg, TN
                                                Re:Donating Mon, 05/2/11 11:12 PM (permalink)
                                                6star


                                                Don't you have a local homeless shelter that could use the clothes?  Shipping your bags of clothes all the way to Alabama would probably not be cost-effective for any charitable organization, unless they were already planning to go there to help out physically. 

                                                Even though we are at least 3 times closer to Alabama than you are, the only area organization who is shipping that I know of is our Midwest Food Bank that is sending 11,000 boxes (14 semi-truck loads) of food and immediate necessities, each capable of helping a family for 3 or 4 days.  These were requested by the Salvation Army.

                                                 
                                                Just got back from there a little while ago. Sent down the small truck today and wanted to see where they wanted the big truck on wed.. All they are asking for at this point are canned goods, baby food,diapers, personal hygene stuff.
                                                Guess most people don't think, now they  are asking for manual can openers.
                                                Have a drive on for Lawrence county helping Lawrence county. It is worse than I thought in some places.
                                                They have no power and two trucks where there to deliver washers and dryers for a community wash place.
                                                 
                                                 
                                                #24
                                                  Michael Hoffman

                                                  • Total Posts: 17845
                                                  • Joined: 7/1/2000
                                                  • Location: Gahanna, OH
                                                  Re:Donating Mon, 05/2/11 11:24 PM (permalink)
                                                  You're a good man Curbside Grill.
                                                   
                                                  #25
                                                    pnwchef

                                                    • Total Posts: 2245
                                                    • Joined: 3/16/2011
                                                    • Location: Kennewick, WA
                                                    Re:Donating Tue, 05/3/11 12:40 AM (permalink)
                                                    Lets see, the Salvation Army is out, so is the Red Cross and the Homeless. I think we have narrowed it down to the Barbie fan club, now that has LA written all over it......................
                                                     
                                                    #26
                                                      Foodbme

                                                      • Total Posts: 9574
                                                      • Joined: 9/1/2006
                                                      • Location: Gilbert, AZ
                                                      Re:Donating Tue, 05/3/11 1:06 AM (permalink)
                                                      mar52

                                                      That's a good point, but there are so many homeless around here that I have a problem with them.
                                                      Instead of it being a problem of life, it's more of a life choice in this area.  Being homeless IS their job.
                                                      Those that need it will suffer because I can't be a part of supporting my "neighbors".

                                                      MAR,
                                                      I know there are organizations in PHX that provide clothing to women who are in need of presenting themselves  properly to interview for jobs.  These are women who have suffered abuse and other terrifying stuff.
                                                      Since you're in LA, here's one in LA, CA
                                                      http://www.dressforsuccess.org/affiliate.aspx?sisid=191&pageid=1
                                                      I think this would be the best place for your "Hand me downs". Help a woman get back on her feet!
                                                       
                                                       
                                                      #27
                                                        mar52

                                                        • Total Posts: 7605
                                                        • Joined: 4/17/2005
                                                        • Location: Marina del Rey, CA
                                                        Re:Donating Tue, 05/3/11 12:35 PM (permalink)
                                                        Excellent!  Thank you so much for finding that for me.
                                                         
                                                         
                                                         
                                                        #28
                                                          Michael Hoffman

                                                          • Total Posts: 17845
                                                          • Joined: 7/1/2000
                                                          • Location: Gahanna, OH
                                                          Re:Donating Tue, 05/3/11 3:00 PM (permalink)
                                                          Is that the organization you've chosen? I've heard about it, and I commend your choice.
                                                           
                                                          #29
                                                            Foodbme

                                                            • Total Posts: 9574
                                                            • Joined: 9/1/2006
                                                            • Location: Gilbert, AZ
                                                            Re:Donating Tue, 05/3/11 3:19 PM (permalink)
                                                            Michael Hoffman


                                                            Is that the organization you've chosen? I've heard about it, and I commend your choice.

                                                            The organization mentioned above and some others like it are national in scope. I suggest all Roadfooders look for one in your area and donate womans clothing. I believe some of them also take childrens clothing as well for the children of these abused and needy women. Here's some another ones:
                                                            http://www.thewomensalliance.org/
                                                            http://holdyourheadup.vpweb.com/
                                                             
                                                            #30
                                                              Online Bookmarks Sharing: Share/Bookmark
                                                              Change Page: 12 > | Showing page 1 of 2, messages 1 to 30 of 35

                                                              Jump to:

                                                              Current active users

                                                              There are 0 members and 1 guests.

                                                              Icon Legend and Permission

                                                              • New Messages
                                                              • No New Messages
                                                              • Hot Topic w/ New Messages
                                                              • Hot Topic w/o New Messages
                                                              • Locked w/ New Messages
                                                              • Locked w/o New Messages
                                                              • Read Message
                                                              • Post New Thread
                                                              • Reply to message
                                                              • Post New Poll
                                                              • Submit Vote
                                                              • Post reward post
                                                              • Delete my own posts
                                                              • Delete my own threads
                                                              • Rate post

                                                              2000-2014 ASPPlayground.NET Forum Version 3.9
                                                              What is Roadfood?  |   Privacy Policy  |   Contact Roadfood.com   Copyright 2011 - Roadfood.com