The American Red Cross and Your Money

By: Donald Robinson
By: Donald Robinson

Last year millions of Americans gave money to the Red Cross to help with 9-11 relief efforts. Shortly after the Red Cross began collecting money, there were allegations that some of the money may be headed elsewhere.

"The $1,000,000,000 is in the Liberty Fund," said Sarah Carlson, "That is what the fund is called and that is where the money went."

So if you donated, where did your money go?

More than $650 million has already been distributed to victims and their families. About $200 million more will be given to victims' families by the end of the year. And the rest?

"About $130 million has been saved to put toward long terms needs," said Carlson. "People who need mental health services, health services and family support from anywhere from three to five years will be able to get it."

The group came under fire after allegations that some of the money wasn't going to 9-11 victims. Red Cross officials say they still need to be prepared for other disasters so they've changed the way they handle your donations.

"When we fund raise for disaster relief, we do state that the money donated will go to that disaster and other disasters in the future," said Carlson, "unless someone send a check stating they wanted the money to go to a particular person."

Carlson says donations are down across the nation. They're asking you to continue to give so they'll be ready for future disasters.

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