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2011/05/01 17:28:24 (permalink)

Donating

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.
 
 
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    Sundancer7
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    Re:Donating 2011/05/01 17:36:36 (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.
     
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    Michael Hoffman
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    Re:Donating 2011/05/01 17:39:09 (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.
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    Re:Donating 2011/05/01 17:40:09 (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
    post edited by 6star - 2011/05/01 18:23:40
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    Re:Donating 2011/05/01 17:41:03 (permalink)
    I'm with Sundancer on the Red Cross.
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    Michael Hoffman
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    Re:Donating 2011/05/01 17:42:55 (permalink)
    6star, I assume you meant that for Mar52.
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    Re:Donating 2011/05/01 17:49:11 (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.
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    Re:Donating 2011/05/01 17:54:30 (permalink)
    6star, it was Mar52 who wants to donate.
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    Re:Donating 2011/05/01 18:02:18 (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!

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    Re:Donating 2011/05/01 18:05:59 (permalink)
    I've seen them in action at disasters. And I have a clear memory of them in Korea.
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    Re:Donating 2011/05/01 18:27:27 (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.

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    Re:Donating 2011/05/01 18:35:21 (permalink)
    It's only senility if Voss thinks you're older than he is. Otherwise it's just a  reasonable mistake.
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    Re:Donating 2011/05/01 19:18:27 (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.
    post edited by Hot Dog Empire - 2011/05/01 19:19:50
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    Re:Donating 2011/05/01 19:48:47 (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.
     
     
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    Re:Donating 2011/05/01 20:28:01 (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.
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    Re:Donating 2011/05/01 21:11:27 (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!

    post edited by Foodbme - 2011/05/01 21:18:25
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    Re:Donating 2011/05/02 15:40:38 (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.
     
     
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    Re:Donating 2011/05/02 16:56:53 (permalink)
    It appears that on GuideStar you have to pay a fee to get any usable information. 
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    Re:Donating 2011/05/02 17:19:58 (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
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    mar52
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    Re:Donating 2011/05/02 19:06:14 (permalink)
    I'm still thinking about what to do while getting exercise avoiding the big trash bags on my floor.
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    Re:Donating 2011/05/02 19:22:34 (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.
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    Re:Donating 2011/05/02 19:48:27 (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".
     
     
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    Re:Donating 2011/05/02 22:39:06 (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.
    post edited by Curbside Grill - 2011/05/02 22:40:30
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    Re:Donating 2011/05/02 23:12:40 (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.
     
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    Re:Donating 2011/05/02 23:24:32 (permalink)
    You're a good man Curbside Grill.
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    Re:Donating 2011/05/03 00:40:09 (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......................
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    Re:Donating 2011/05/03 01:06:45 (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!
     
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    Re:Donating 2011/05/03 12:35:52 (permalink)
    Excellent!  Thank you so much for finding that for me.
     
     
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    Re:Donating 2011/05/03 15:00:27 (permalink)
    Is that the organization you've chosen? I've heard about it, and I commend your choice.
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    Re:Donating 2011/05/03 15:19:43 (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/
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