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Vail Daily letter: Red Cross critic

Tom Howard
Vail, CO, Colorado

Like most other organizations based in Washington these days, the Red Cross has become a master at using false advertising to extract money from the well-meaning public.

When I was checking out of City Market in Avon, I was first astounded and later very angry to see a sign at each cash register soliciting money for the Red Cross to “support local firefighters.”

In fact, the Red Cross does little or nothing to support our local firefighters, but the Salvation Army does. Someone once said that facts are our friends, so let’s look at some facts:



During the recent Eby Creek fire near Eagle, the Salvation Army fed 60 firefighters, over two days.

The Red Cross was nowhere to be seen.



While the Eby Creek fire was going on, our local Salvation Army canteen was being manned by local Vail Mountain Rescue volunteers and was down at the Cripple Creek fire, where they served 2,400 meals.

The Red Cross was nowhere to be seen.

Recently, a truck went off of the interstate and our local Salvation Army fed 80 firefighters and other first responders.



The Red Cross was nowhere to be seen.

At the recent fires at the condominiums on Nottingham Road, our local Salvation Army fed 107 firefighters.

The Red Cross was nowhere to be seen.

The one thing the the Red Cross did do, in relation to the fires in the condominiums on Nottingham Road, was to find accommodation for people displaced from their homes while our local Salvation Army organized a fundraiser and raised $65,000 for the people displaced from their homes.

I have nothing against the Red Cross, and they do some good work in connection with long-duration disasters.

Nor do I have any personal involvement in the Salvation Army other than ringing the bells at Thanksgiving and Christmas times.

However, to suck City Market into a false advertising program about how the Red Cross supports our local firefighters when, in fact, the Red Cross takes the money out of the county and the Salvation Army quietly goes about its business of doing the work makes me angry with both the Red Cross for gilding the lily and City Market for aiding and abetting the scam.

Tom Howard

Vail


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