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In June of 1992 my parents neighborhood was hit by a tornado. Their house was destroyed along with 50 to 60 others. As their lot was centrally located in the disaster area, the news trucks and relief organizations lined the street in front of what was left of their house. The Red Cross set up a snack truck on the street out front and the Salvation Army set up in the alley way behind us. They both stayed well after the newsies had moved on and provided free sandwiches and drinks to the clean up workers. The menus: RC: baloney sandwiches, coffeek and soft drinks. SA: Hot dogs, chips, candy, coffee and soft drinks. All free, of course.

Follow me below the fold for why I donate to the Salvation Army and not the Red Cross in times of disaster.

I am an atheist. I hold fealty to no God or Religion, and yet the Salvation Army is my charity of choice. Please unuderstand, i have nothing against the Red Cross. But one day, as we were cleaning up and demolishing what was left of the house, I Cut my hand. A minor cut, but one that required a band-aid. I went to the RC truck and asked for a band-aid. They told me that they were just there to provide sandwiches, coffee and soft drinks. They were not authorized to provide "medical assistance".

The SA truck geve me a whole box of band-aids and told me to keep it.

A few days later, without us even asking, a Salvation Army volunteer brought a dozen hot dogs to our clean up crew (which was all family and friends), and fed us all and also fetched drinks.

After about three weeks, the Red Cross packed up and left. But the Salvatioin Army truck stayed thru the entire summer, almost three whole months. Well after most of the clean up was done. My parents were living on the lot in their RV and they got to know the Army guys and gals almost like family.

This is an organization that truely lives by the creed: "By your works shall they know ye."

This is why I always drop a dollar in thei buckets at the malls during Christmas time. This is why i make an annual contribution to the SA of $100. This is why, when disaster strikes, the first place I go to contribute is the Salavation Army.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)

    The whole premise of being Republican is the awful thought that somewhere, some poor person has a dollar that some rich person actually deserves. - Olbermann, at Cornell, 3/31/2011

    by TC MITS on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 01:48:36 PM PDT

  •  They are a PROFOUNDLY homophobic organization (7+ / 0-)

    I cannot, in good conscience, give money to the Salvation Army.

    I'm sure I can find other charitable relief organizations that will take my donations without simultaneously lobbying to disenfranchise me.

    •  They will not help gay people (2+ / 0-)
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      trumpeter, The Marti

      There are stories of gay men and lesbians being thrown out of shelters in the middle of the night. And of refusals to assist people with AIDS. Very homophobic organization. They do help heterosexuals very well, us not at all.

      •  There is one exception (1+ / 0-)
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        The Marti

        The Salvation Army runs two substance abuse treatment facilities in San Francisco; one of those in particular gets many, many LGBT clients, a high proportion of whom are HIV-positive (the city has a "treatment on demand" policy though where you go will depend on where a bed is available). As I am in AA myself I have plenty of friends who've been through their system and most of them have found it remarkably free of prejudice. I suspect that the staff on the local level (many of them former clients rather than "true believers") know who their clientele is and also understand that the city is not going to send them both clients and cash if they don't skirt around their organizational animus as much as possible.

        The national organization is another thing entirely. And I'm NOT going to send them any money.

    •  I'm with you! (0+ / 0-)

      I wish it was not so, but the SA will never get a dime from me.

      If you see a man approaching you with the obvious intent of doing you good, you should run for your life. H.D. Thoreau

      by playfulimp on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 07:59:12 PM PDT

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  •  Me too (1+ / 0-)
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    Wolf Of Aquarius

    When I was 9 years old the town of Torrington, Ct. was wiped out by a flood. I saw the Red Cross truck selling coffee and donuts, while down the street the Salvation Army was giving them away. I'm an atheist too, but I'll always donate to the SA first.

  •  NO NO (8+ / 0-)

    The Salvation Army is an anti-gay organization.

    Sorry, but NO.  They are not the organization we should contribute to.

    If you want to help, go to.....

  •  can't abide SA (5+ / 0-)

    They are mind-numbingly homophobic.

    Your donations are partly funding efforts to lobby against equality legislation.

    The plural of anecdote is not data.

    by Skipbidder on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 02:12:46 PM PDT

  •  Salvation Army is very efficient in large (3+ / 0-)
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    gustynpip, HeyMikey, The Marti

    catastrophes. I've had experience in disaster zones with Red Cross, where it charges for basic essentials, like insulin kits. And I'm not talking about WWII. I'm talking about in the 21st century.

    Salvation Army arrives in disaster zones; they stay as long as they're needed; they provide what's needed; and at least in disaster zones, I've never ever seen them turn anyone away.

    I can't and won't opine on anything else except that they are there after catastrophes doing good work.

    I donate to Salvation Army when the choice is between them and Red Cross (I won't give money to Red Cross under any circumstances).  I also like Mercy Corps  who usually does amazing work mobilizing quickly for international catastrophes. I haven't seen on their website what they're doing for Sandy, but it's still early..

    Sometimes, there is a local group that does great work that a local politician will vouch for, like when Vice President Gore recommended a charity after the 2010 Tennessee floods. The charity isn't someone I had ever heard of. But I trust Al Gore's judgement enough to send my money that way. The research I did supported what he said.

    So right now, I'm going to wait a day or two before I donate and see if I can direct the money locally. There's usually less overhead that way anyhow.

    © grover

    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 02:35:23 PM PDT

  •  The SA is also anti-abortion, (2+ / 0-)
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    trumpeter, The Marti

    if hating on teh gay were not bad enough.
    They'll never get anything from me.

    I could have been a soldier... I had got part of it learned; I knew more about retreating than the man that invented retreating. --Mark Twain

    by NogodsnomastersMary on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 03:38:22 PM PDT

  •  NOOOOO! (3+ / 0-)
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    trumpeter, Skipbidder, The Marti

    Salvation Army gets no money from me. Fundamentalist right wing religious nuts. Against everything I stand for inlcuding religous freedom and equality for all.

  •  Let's all work together (0+ / 0-)

    Is anyone saying that the Salvation Army won't assist an LBGT person who is a victim of a disaster, or who is a volunteer assisting victims?  I think they'll help everyone.  I donate to SA.  When there is a local house fire or someone is in immediate desperate circumstances, SA will help with no questions asked about their sexual orientation, religious preference, or opinion about abortion.  As will the Red Cross.  They also do tremendous good.  And Mercy Corps.  And World Vision (whose Bronx warehouse flooded and their relief supplies stored there for Sandy victims was ruined...more coming from their Texas warehouse).  Will any of the pro-choice & pro-LBGT people here turn down a hot cup of coffee from Catholic Charities while helping victims?  I don't think so.  Or LDS Charities?  Again, immediate help is what's needed, not ideological purity.  You might have a tough time getting a ham sandwich to go with that coffee from American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee or the Inner-City Muslim Action Network....

  •  All I can go by is my own personal experience. (0+ / 0-)

    They did me and my family a real solid in our time of need. While I may not agree with their politics as an organization, I cannot ignore their actions on a personal level. Never once, in three months, did they try to convert or proselytize or preach to me or any member of my family. All they did was help.

    The whole premise of being Republican is the awful thought that somewhere, some poor person has a dollar that some rich person actually deserves. - Olbermann, at Cornell, 3/31/2011

    by TC MITS on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 01:22:07 PM PDT

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