They just HAVE to find a reason to hate, huh?
So I live in Colorado Springs, and there has been an outpouring of charity and support this way, but equally an outpouring of bitter, angry people.
For starters, some of the charities are messing with a sort of "Gray area". Red Cross, for instance, is accepting cash donations... but they have already said that these cash donations go into a sort of "pool" of funds, and that they may or may not go toward directly aiding the evacuated families. It goes for whatever they WANT it to go for. I'm not really a fan of that.
Then Goodwill said they were accepting donations, but they aren't giving those donations directly to evacuees either. They are putting them in their stores and selling them. And if an evacuee wants anything, they can get a "voucher" for a certain dollar amount.
So those two things are kind of frustrating. People want to send their money and clothing and household items to these families directly, and the major charities in the area are really flirting with the line as to whether or not their donations are going to help. And how directly the help is being received.
HOWEVER, a lot of other places around here are doing GOOD- and those seem to be the targets of everyone's hatred.
For instance, the mega-church in town, New Life (yes, the one with the whole "gay pastor" thing a few years back), opened up a donation drive just today full of all KINDS of stuff- food, clothes, personal items, baby items, etc. Anyone who was HOUSING evacuees, out of work because of the fires, evacuated or otherwise needs the help because they are somehow financially effected by the fire, can go pick up whatever you need. AWESOME right?! I mean, they have SO much stuff to give out and it's a place where people who HAVE can GIVE, and people who NEED can take!
Well, ppl find a reason to hate. The info was posted on the local news' facebook page, and all these comments came in like "it's about time! Where has NLC BEEN!?!?!" and "How nice of them to finally pitch in".
Like, okay I GET that the fire has been going for 6 days and this is the first organized event they can offer. But are you kidding me?! 10,000 people donated items to that church the first day the fires started... it takes TIME to organize all that stuff, with more stuff coming in DAILY, and present it in a way that isn't chaotic!!!
And It's CHARITY. They don't have to do it in YOUR time frame, or how YOU think it should be done.
Now that I look at the Charity options that have been the most ragged on, it's all churches. A group of several smaller churches got together to do a donation drive and collect items, and they collected on Monday, but didn't distribute the items until Wed/Thurs. People were pissed. Saying the church picked through the stuff, or gave preferential treatment to members of the congregation that had been evacuated FIRST. It's not true... they were just working off of a bunch of old ladies that couldn't go very fast, and the organization took a while.
Anyway, what is WITH that? It's CHARITY. It's DONATIONS. Be happy that someone is thinking of you and offering you help. Be blessed by their help, and stop searching for a reason to be negative!!!