Red Cross

At the Kurhaus in Scheveningen a benefit fashion show is held for the Red Cross in 1951. Models show fashion and jewellery by Dutch designers.

‘Fashion manifestation Show de la Hollande’, Polygoon-Profilti (producer) / Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (curator), CC BY-SA.


Louisiana is experiencing the worst flooding in the history of the state.

Over 7,000 people have been rescued and over 5,000 people are in shelters unable to return to their homes. In addition, over 1,000 drivers are stranded on Interstate 12 between Baton Rouge and Slidell, who today received supplies flown in via helicopter. AT&T service has been down throughout the Baton Rouge metro area. One of my former professors told me he’s been living in Louisiana for 44 years, and has never witnessed flooding this severe.

In Denham Springs (about 10 miles from Baton Rouge), the Amite river is currently at 46′ and rising. Flood stage for the river starts at 29′. 

This is bad, really bad. Places that only flood once every 500 years are flooding. Unfortunately, these are also places where people don’t have flood insurance because they don’t live in a flood plain.

There was no warning for this, at least with hurricanes we can see them coming and have time to prepare or evacuate.

Please, if you can, donate to the victims through the Red Cross. Or, if you are interested in helping with post-flood disaster assistance, please sign up with Volunteer Louisiana.

If you live in the effected area and are in need of a shelter, This Link has a list of shelters in Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Iberia, Lafayette, Livingston, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, Vermillion, West Feliciana, and Washington Parishes.

If you are in need of rescue please call:

Baker: (225) 778-0300

Baton Rouge: (225) 389-5000

Central: (225) 367-1254

Livingston Parish: (225) 686-3996

St. Helena Parish: 222-4413 - press 0

Patients in need of kidney dialysis: (225) 772-1428

When James Harrison had chest surgery at age 13, he resolved to begin donating blood to help others in need. When he did so, doctors realized that he carries a rare immune globulin that can prevent unborn babies from suffering attacks by their mothers’ antibodies, a condition known as Rhesus disease.

In the 59 years since this was discovered, Harrison has given blood more than 1,000 times, an average of once every three weeks for five decades, and his donations have saved an estimated 2.4 million babies.

This has earned Harrison a spot in Guinness World Records. He calls this “the only record that I hope is broken.”

Once again, DO NOT donate to the huge scam aka Red Cross to support relief/humanitarian efforts of Haiti in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. We all remember what the Red Cross did with the $500 million it received to build houses after the earthquake in Haiti back in 2010.

Haitian-led orgs you can contribute to directly for relief efforts: Konbit Mizik, Haiti Communitere, ACFFC, Sakala Haiti, SOIL, Fondation Aquin Solidarité , Volontariat pour le Développement d'Haïti, Lambi Fund, MADRE, Sowaseed, Konbit Solèy Leve, Sakala

Non-Haitian Orgs with proven track records in Haiti: Doctors without Borders, Roots of Development, Partners in Health, Border of Lights, Nova Hope for Haiti


DO NOT DONATE TO THE RED CROSS. To be clear we are talking about the American Red Cross. As an organization they barely lift a finger to actually help people. When we lost pretty much everything to Hurricane Sandy they did absolutely nothing. It was only when officials started looking into the huge amount of donations the Red Cross got and question where they went that they started doing stuff. If you want to read more you can read a bit at the links below. There are a ton more articles out there that tell you why you shouldn’t donate to them. This link is from 2005! They’ve been doing this shit for a long time!

An average of 17 cents of every dollar donated goes to “fundraising expenses”. Then there’s vague back-end costs of “management and general expenses” that subtract even more off your donation. They take full advantage of the loopholes of their 501©(3) nonprofit status to pay their CEO and high-ranking paid employees a cushy salary as well.

Charity Navigator is a really good resource for determining if a charity is worth donating to. They rank charities on a bunch of things from transparency to accountability to how much of your donation actually reaches its destination. Charity Navigator has listed here some good organizations to donate to that ACTUALLY help and are already prepared to respond to Hurricane Patricia:

Convoy of Hope, Direct Relief, GlobalGiving, Heart to Heart International, International Medical Corps, MAP International, Medical Teams International, and Water Missions Hospital.

These are all rated much higher than the Red Cross. Direct Relief is highest rated. It has a grade of over 99 while the Red Cross has a grade of just under 81. Heart To Heart International and MAP International each have a grade of over 97.

I think it’s clear that these charities are all doing a lot better with your money than the Red Cross.

Rescuers find baby trapped in rubble 22 hours after the Nepal earthquake

So wonderful to hear a glimmer of good news amidst such an awful tragedy.

from KTLA:

A 4-month-old baby was rescued from a destroyed building in the town of Bhaktapur at least 22 hours after the quake struck, the newspaper Kathmandu Today reported.

A Nepali military team had failed to notice the child during its search but returned after his cry was heard, the newspaper said.

The little boy, whose name is Sonit Awal, was reported to be in stable condition without any internal injuries, according to initial examinations.
CNN hasn’t independently confirmed Sonit’s rescue, but the newspaper published photos showing the dust-caked infant being lifted by Nepali soldiers in the ruined structure.

read the rest

If you want to donate to rescue and recovery efforts, we highly recommend Convoy of Hope, a first-class disaster relief organization that already has people on the en rout to Nepal.


The Life Of Transgender Nepalis After The Earthquake

Transgender Nepalis have grown up risking exclusion from society and, sometimes, their own families. Last month’s earthquake brought new problems – even finding a safe place to shelter was more difficult for them and other sexual minorities. […]

Tara Bhattarai is the head of the Nepal Red Cross Society’s gender and inclusion department.

She explains: “It’s our duty to support this vulnerable group. Many transgender people don’t get help from their families and are left to fend for themselves, even in times like this.”

Under Tara’s guidance, the Red Cross is working more closely with the Blue Diamond Society. In fact, the Red Cross is now raising awareness of minority groups among its staff and volunteers across the country. […]

Jessica Letch is a gender and protection advisor for the million Red Cross emergency earthquake operation in Nepal.

She was on the ground within days of the disaster and is determined that help will reach the most vulnerable – including women, children, people with disabilities and LGBTI people.

She says: “The Red Cross wants to respond to the diverse needs that exist within society, and avoid a one-size-fits-all approach.”

“It takes a little bit of a change in thinking, and the Red Cross wants to be part of that change.”

Read the whole story!

Swedish Red Cross launches retro video game scheme in airports

The Swedish Red Cross has embarked on a retro video gaming initiative that aims to bring together good fun and a good cause.

Travellers passing through Arlanda airport in Stockholm and Göteborg Landvetter airport will perhaps have noticed that the traditional charity collection boxes have been replaced by video arcade games including those old classics Ms Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Galaga. Rather than simply making a donation to get rid of loose change, you can get a trip down digital memory lane for your money.

Read more


Most of all you know that the Philippines has been devastated by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolonda. I live in the Philippines every news report about the tragedy gets even more tragic everyday. Dead bodies are still being laid out in the streets. Over 10,000 people were killed, The family members of the survivors are still missing. People lost their loved ones and left to be homeless. Most of them haven’t been reached by the government to receive help due to the scarce of relief goods. They haven’t eaten in days. No food, water, clean clothes, and they lost their family members from the typhoon. 

Stop scrolling and help what you can. 


Red Cross

Save The Children

Red Cross PH 

Nepal: Donations

Here are a couple trusted organizations you can donate to. Only donate to trusted sources as there might be spammers and exploiters out to take advantage of this devastating situation. 

Save the Children

UNICEF (click donate to be taken to your country’s donation page)

Canadian Red Cross

British Red Cross

American Red Cross


Mercy Corps

The links I posted earlier are also trusted sources, and they will eventually be donating to one of these organizations.

Where did the money go? An NPR and Propublica investigation has raised troubling questions about what happened to the hundreds of millions of dollars raised by the American Red Cross for earthquake relief in Haiti.

Goats and Soda posed a few questions to NPR correspondent Laura Sullivan about her work on this investigation:

What made you decide to look into the American Red Cross’s earthquake recovery spending in Haiti?

I spent a lot of time last fall with Justin Elliott and Jesse Eisinger from ProPublica looking at some of the problems the American Red Cross ran into in their disaster response to Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Isaac and found the charity had put this inordinate focus on public relations that really hurt their effort to provide disaster relief. We found in one case the Red Cross diverted 40 percent of its emergency vehicles to press conferences and in another case drove empty trucks around to make it appear as though services were being delivered. After those stories, we started to hear from people about things that went down in Haiti. At the same time we started noticing that the numbers they were giving the public about how they spent donors’ money didn’t make sense. Since then the Red Cross has changed the language it uses around those figures. So with that in mind, we really started looking at the spending the Red Cross did in Haiti.

Behind The Story: What Made NPR Look Into Red Cross Efforts In Haiti?

Photo: After the quake of 2010, a man stands on a rooftop yelling out for any sign of his missing relatives in a Port au Prince neighborhood. Photo credit: David Gilkey/NPR


floods hit Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia.

“Three months’ worth of rain fell on the region in three days last week, creating the worst floods since records began 120 years ago.”

Floods in Bosnia triggered landslides, one third of Serbia is under water.

At least 35 dead up until this point.

At this point it is quite obvious the people evacuated won’t be able to return to their home fr at least another 2 weeks. The land slides raise even more problems as entire land mines covered fields were moved. Water is also approaching the Nikola Tesla power plant in Serbia, which could lead to power outage in the country.

if you want to help:


Bosnia and Herzegovina


Any kind of help you can give is welcomed - if you live in any of the three flooded countries, check your local community to make any donations in food, water, clothes, sleeping bags etc. From what I understand, the main need now is water, but any kind of donations are welcomed.
After U.S. backlash Canadian Red Cross assures donors money for Haiti in right hands
ProPublica report showed American branch didn't live up to promises

Reminder The Canadian Red Cross is NOT affiliated with the American Red Cross. They are completely separate entities. The Canadian organization has a good track record for providing aid in natural disasters:

“The Canadian Red Cross is one of 72 Canadian charities that excel in financial transparency, accountability to donors and cost-efficiency, according to Charity Intelligence. The Canadian website awarded the Canadian Red Cross a 4-star rating, its highest possible score.”


In the Fort Mcmurray wildfires almost all of the donations received went to the victims of the wildfires (the remaining was used to run the organization and to fundraise).

In Haiti in 2010, the Canadian Red Cross built 7,500 new homes.

So, yes the American Red Cross is terrible, but the Canadian organization is actually a good one.

With that cleared up…

Here’s a link to donate to the Canadian Red Cross in helping the victims of Haiti recover from the damage of Hurricane Matthew.

I’m just a guy who draws pictures, but I’d like to ask you to consider donating a little bit towards Typhoon Haiyan recovery efforts in the Philippines. 

I’m half-Filipino, so this one (literally) hits close to home. Not to diminish the tragedy of other storms like Katrina, or Sandy, but compared to the US, the Philippines desperately needs help; the lack of infrastructure in large parts of the country, coupled with challenging geography and logistical problems, have left a LOT of extremely vulnerable people.

Again, I just draw pictures but this post that has been going around outlines more specifics, and also how best to contribute to respondent efforts. 

Barring that, I saw that both tumblr and facebook have made it easy to contribute funds with links directly on the dash/wall. 

You can also just simply donate to the Philippine Red Cross at their site.

I rarely ask for you guys to reblog/share/spread the word, but I would greatly appreciate it if you did for this one. Thank you!