Mt. Vernon Register-News

Milestones

July 1, 2014

Red Cross must reveal how it spent donations from Sandy

Whenever there is some global catastrophe, we break out the checkbook, sending a donation to the Red Cross. Whether it’s an earthquake in Haiti or a tsunami in Japan, many people’s natural inclination is to send money to one of world’s best-known charities.

Superstorm Sandy hit the Northeast U.S. in October 2012, devastating parts of New Jersey and New York. It did damage up and down the eastern seaboard. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the total property damage amounted to $65 billion.

Americans are especially generous following natural disasters. They sent $312 million in donations to the American Red Cross after the storm. Unfortunately, the charity hasn’t been very forthcoming in how it spent that money. It seems to be stonewalling ProPublica, which has been writing about how post-Sandy money has been spent. It reports:

Just how badly does the American Red Cross want to keep secret how it raised and spent over $300 million after Hurricane Sandy? The charity has hired a fancy law firm (Gibson Dunn) to fight a public request we filed with New York state, arguing that information about its Sandy activities is a “trade secret.” The Red Cross’ “trade secret” argument has persuaded the state to redact some material, though it’s not clear yet how much since the documents haven’t yet been released.

That’s right, the Red Cross has lawyered up. I find it hard to believe that how a charity spends its money could possibly be a trade secret.

Some disasters are more personal than others, as was Sandy to those of us who live within a hundred miles or so from where the storm made landfall.

Where I live on the North Shore of Long Island, New York, the damage was mostly downed trees, damaged roofs, flooding and loss of power. In our house, we treated the lack of electricity as an adventure at first, with everybody including the dogs sleeping in one warm bed. But as the temperature dropped, the lack of hot water became a problem, and soon after, the fun factor faded. We were fortunate that my sister’s neighborhood a few towns over had underground power lines, so we decamped there for a few days for warm meals and hot showers. (Our house had no electricity for 12 days).

Text Only
Milestones
  • 8-21 howell anniversary 1 Howell Mr. and Mrs. Jerald G. Howell of Carterville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 16.Judy is the daughter of the late Kenneth and Marie Dycus of Mt. Vernon. Jerry is the son of the late Joe and Helen Howell of Herrin.Jerry and Judy (Dycus)

    August 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • 8-20 hodge york engagement Hodge -- York Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hodge of Dahlgren are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Emily Hodge to Sean York, son of Mike York of Springerton and Jill Rendleman and Dr. William Vogler of Cobden.Emily recently gradua

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Haman celebrates 104 years Margaret F. (Lee) Haman of Mt. Vernon will celebrate her 104th birthday on Thursday, Aug. 21.She was born in 1910, in rural Jefferson County, the daughter of Charles and Mable (Maddox) Lee. She attended grade school in a rural one-room school — Howe

    August 19, 2014

  • 8-16 severs anniversary Severs Larry and Karen Severs of Opdyke will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. They were married on Aug. 18, 1974, in Mt. Vernon.The couple has two children, Shannon (Matt) Wingler of Tolono and Shelly (Larry) Scrivner of Mt. Vernon. They also have

    August 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 8-16 howell anniversary 2 Howell Mr. and Mrs. Jerald G. Howell of Carterville will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 16.Judy is the daughter of the late Kenneth and Marie Dycus of Mt. Vernon. Jerry is the son of the Joe and Helen Howell of Herrin.Jerry and Judy (Dycus) w

    August 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • 8-15 jones anniversary Jones Richard “Dick” and Armentha “Amy” Jones of Mt. Vernon will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on Aug. 20.The couple married on Aug. 20, 1954, at Central Christian Church in Mt. Vernon. They spent the next 45 years as “corporation gypsies”

    August 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 8-15 knapp wedding Knapp April Louise Cole and Jared Allen Knapp were united in marriage during an afternoon ceremony conducted July 26, 2014, at Logan Street Baptist Church.The bride is the daughter of Michael and Terry Gholson of Carbondale. The groom is the son of Ted and

    August 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 8-13 hodge york engagement Hodge -- York Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hodge of Dahlgren are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Emily Hodge to Sean York, son of Mike York of Springerton and Jill Redeemer and Bill Bogler of Cobden.Emily recently graduated with

    August 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • 8-12 gibson engagement Gibson -- Soger Jacklyn Belinda Gibson and Bryce Ryan Soger are pleased to announce their engagement. Jacklyn is the daughter of Bridget Gibson of Schuline and Clayton and Karen Gibson of Oakdale. She is a resident of Mt. Vernon and has a nine year old son, Landyn.

    August 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • 8-6 brookman anniversary Brookman Dean and Alice Brookman are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.They were married at the Church of God in Bluford on Aug. 7, 1964. They are the parents of Kelly Brookman of Robinson and Jodi (Mark) Girvan of Bluford. They are also the grandpar

    August 6, 2014 1 Photo

Twitter Updates
Facebook
Stocks