Learning Where The Donations Go

By James Gaddis

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 13, 2006 at 11:42 PM EDT

"I was assigned to a shelter and I was on the first wave. And believe me, I see where this money goes," says Red Cross Volunteer Audrey Aitken.
Aitken says money you donated to the American Red Cross, helped keep Katrina victims alive.
She and 11 other local volunteers met with 9 of the area's most generous donors to the cause.
To assure them, their money, was well spent.
They were all invited to meet at the Southern Tier Red Cross in Endicott.
"Sometimes you give money and you give blindly and you don't know, you wonder. Does my dollar help? But every single dollar, whether it bought a bottle of water or thousands of dollars that bought bedding for a shelter, was well worth the investment," says Red Cross Volunteer Stephanie Garrison.
"We never really know what happens with the money. This way, first hand, we got it from the volunteers," says Katrina donor Marie Foster.
The donated money helped buy food, water, and supplies.
It enabled the volunteers to fly down to the Hurricane zone, set up shelters, and more.
Their donations also went to fueling and supplying Emergency Response Vehicles.
They traveled all over the Gulf Coast after Katrina struck.
Volunteers say they were invaluable in helping hundreds of Katrina victims."
"We had no power for 3 weeks. They had no means of cooking their food. So the only food they got was from the ERV," says Red Cross VOlunteer Bob Hageman.
In the end, the donors say they left confident, they're money was put to good use.
"We really had confidence that it would be spent where it should be," says donor Dwane Hall.
"I've been donating to the Red Cross for a very long time. And I think that I will continue to do so also," says Garrison.

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