The Red Cross seems to be getting very harsh criticism in light of and in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and as a woman reported, she was stopped from delivering 400 hamburgers to stranded flood victims by none else but two of Red Cross’ volunteers.
“This is Lindsey Scott, and I’m astonished at the behavior of the Red Cross husband/wife team at the mid-county Jack Brooks airport yesterday,” she explained on her sister’s Facebook profile, analyzing the situation in depth.
“Who together accosted me and took turns berating me because I was trying to bring 400 warm hamburgers to our hungry evacuees, who according to them did not need the food because they had ‘already had a sandwich,’” her post continued. “Yes, they had 1 sandwich in 24 hours. They were desperate for a hot meal!”
Then she witnessed the Red Cross duo storing the warm food in ice trunks.
“I confess I just stood there with my mouth gaping open, fighting back tears while they told me that I did not know what I was doing and they had not even seen me volunteering,” she pointed out.
And that’s not all. The ever-annoying Red Cross workers left the scene, giving the woman no instructions on how to feed the victims, that “had not eaten in 24 hours.”
“They were not there when the sun came up and they woke up hungry, angry, tired, scared, and frustrated,” she wrote. “They did not see them fighting over donuts that OUR friends and family answered the call to bring at 7:00 am.”
The Red Cross never lifted a finger to aid the woman and help those affected by the floods get food. It is a miserable way to treat anyone, let alone someone who is willing to sacrifice time and money to help those in need. This also left the victims angry and dissatisfied.
My sister says I can use her FB page to get something off my chest if I identify myself lol. This is Lindsey Scott, and…
The Red Cross was immediately called out afterward, with Red Cross’ national spokeswoman Jenelle Eli issuing a statement, saying that the Red Cross team would not deliver food due to safety reasons.
“The safety of the people we serve is our first and utmost priority,” she said. “Our volunteers and workers on the ground may not be perfect, but they are all working with the best of intentions and to the best of their ability.”
Matuska dismissed these claims, saying that not a single person working for the Red Cross has once mentioned safety concerns to her or anyone else for that matter.
“The Red Cross’s position was that (evacuees) had already eaten a sandwich … (they) didn’t (appear) to be concerned about safety (because) they (placed the hamburgers) into an ice chest to save for later,” she wrote to Snopes. “There were problems the entire time they were there with them not wanting volunteers to distribute things.”
The Red Cross is infamous for making shady deals, where most of the donated funds and means end up anywhere but where they were intended to, so let’s assume they did this once again, unwilling to accept other people’s support. All in all, this is a petty effort to ‘stay in the game’, don’t you think?