It was reported on the evening news that the Red Cross was attempting
to atone for the fact that they charged the troops for coffee and
donuts during WWII.
This truly angered my father who refused to give anything to the Red
Cross after he found out about it.
He directed all his charity donations to the Salvation Army in protest
of the Red Cross.
Strange what the cobwebs of time keep hidden deep in the old brain
I believe that is not an uncommon attitude among veterans of that era.
My father always hated the Red Cross for that. He told me about their
charging, but I found it hard to believe. I know he was telling the
truth, but during war time etc. it just seemed unthinkable.
My father decided that the Boy Scouts were worthless organization
because the local scoutmaster didn't know how to build a fire with
wood that had been rained on. Lot of people are quick to condemn a
whole organization for a single incident.
On Mon, 12 Nov 2007 19:45:14 -0800, Lew Hodgett wrote:
I too will not donate to the Red Cross. I forget now the situation, but at
one time the government gave the Red Cross blankets for the victims of a
flood or something. The Red Cross was selling these blanket to the victims.
I too donate to the Salvation Army and any items that I want to get rid
of, donate to the local Salvation Army store for them to sell.
If snopes is to be believed, the Red Cross only charged American
servicemen overseas. My father and stepmother both witnessed this
happening here in the US; returning vets being charged for coffee and
donuts by the red cross here on American soil. One at a red cross
sponsored dance in New York, the other at an airport in California.
I wasn't there, but they were, and I believe them. They both hold a
grudge against the red cross for this.
Tom Bunetta wrote:
Certainly not necessarily so at the end of WWII in particular would I
expect that....as noted, though, I would be willing to bet there were
other circumstances similar if not identical to, those outlined previously.
Perhaps, but if you're raising funds to comfort the troops, then the
money should come from ... the troops??? No. Not in my estimation.
My stepmother as a young woman was asked to volunteer at this dance in
order to "do something nice for the troops". She was assigned to SELL
them drinks and snacks. It didn't seem to her that she was doing
anything FOR them.
My father, at a west coast airport, watched as the red cross sold coffee
and donuts to soldiers - to GIs both returning and leaving for pacific
Like I said, I wasn't there. I'm relying on their experience, and that
there really doesn't seem to be a "rest of the story" here. At least not
one that justifies the behavior.
I have a friend (a Korea vet) that is spending his retirement as a red
cross volunteer. I know that he does good and necessary things with that
My point wasn't that I think the red cross is evil... Just that I know
two people that can personally discredit the snopes account of the era.
Nothing in their account does anything to discredit the Snopes account
-- it addressed overseas fixed-location facilities, not stateside
temporary set ups. And again, unless one has the information in detail
on the organization of the events, etc., one doesn't have "the rest of
the story", all one has is the perception of an attendee or bystander.
If you're raising the money for the troops stuck in some hellhole
overseas then I don't see anything wrong with raising some of it off
the troops who are safe and warm in New York or California.
By your reasoning they'd give the troops war bonds for free.
Why would they need anything done FOR them?
Oh, yeah, those guys were in real danger sitting in an airport.
The purpose of the red cross is not to distribute free coffee and
donuts to people in airports. I just don't understand that attitude
that expects everything they do to be free. If you're going to sleep
in a warm bed tonight and not be shot at tomorrow morning and you
don't have any holes in you or parts missing and you got your pay last
week and you're going to get it next week and your mail is going to
catch up with you and you had an Army breakfast and you're going to
get an Army dinner and they're going to pay you a travel allowance for
your lunch (which they do when you're travelling on orders but not
when you're travelling on leave) then you don't have any need for free
services from the Red Cross.
If they were profiteering over guys bleeding in the field that would
be something to get upset about but you're complaining because they
don't give people safe in rear areas freebies.
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