In August 2017 , Southern Texas was hit with Hurricane Harvey. While this hurricane did not produce high winds , it did , drop tremendous amounts of rain that buried Southern Texas and it's residents.
As Texans, we all pulled together , supported each other , helped one another as best we could through a very difficult and stressful situation. Two weeks later , in comes the Red Cross and Fema, horns blowing , touting help and financial aid for those that needed it. Some people lost absolutely everything. Others of us that were more fortunate , only lost savings because we had to purchase fuel for generators , which went up .30 in price as soon as Harvey hit land.
We were told to apply for immediate assistance with Red Cross, and we would be given a 400.00 gift card to help offset some of the expenses we had incurred during Harvey. I applied for assistance with Red Cross. I was honest on my application. We did not receive water damage inside our home.
We did , however , run through our savings buying what food we could , and spending almost 300.00 on fuel to power generators for the week we were without lights. We were without work for two and a half weeks, there was no way to get any income. We had no choice but to get into our savings to survive. Red Cross denied us.
I personally know people who were denied by Red Cross AND Fema, that lost their homes. Peoples homes were completely under water , and they were denied by Red Cross. They were denied by Fema because " they made too much money" . How does loosing everything you have accumulated over the past 25 years , and asking for some help to get back on your feet after a natural disaster, hinge on how much money you make?
These people have lost their homes. They have lost income due to not being able to get to work. They've lost jobs because business have closed until they can financially recover and build again , because they cannot get ANY help from ANY government agency sent to "help" Texas people in distress. I will never contribute another dime to Red Cross.
I will make it my mission in life to tell everyone that can listen , how their CEO makes a 6 figure income, their board of directors have cushy financial packages, yet they refuse help of hard working , decent people, trying to rebuild their lives after a horrific storm. You want to know the truth about Red Cross and Fema , have a look at people from South Texas. Face book is full of stories and pictures , and denials from Red Cross and FEma. This is your government at work.....
This is a non profit organization , making a killing , and leaving those in need to suffer and go it alone.
The picture attached is my friend's home in Lumberton, Texas. She was denied by Red Cross and Fema.
Product or Service Mentioned: American Red Cross Disaster Assistance.
Reason of review: refusal to help people in need.
Monetary Loss: $750.
Preferred solution: Full refund.
I liked: That they offered help.
I didn't like: That after offering help they refused.