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Red Cross in Gulfport, MS Bogarts the Ice? September 6, 2005

Posted by Leita in Flotsam/Jetsam.

Someone at the Gautier Missing Persons Yahoo Group posted the following message regarding the behavior of one Red Cross group in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Rumor? Perhaps.

I wanted to let y’all know something I witnessed while in Gulfport trying to help some of my sorority sisters and their families. I was at the AMR (< –Medical Response) building near Cowan-Lorraine Rd. A lady walked up to the American Red Cross and asked if she could please have 2 bags of ice because she had not had any water in 5 days. The gentleman from the Red Cross told her they were not giving away any ice. She then asked him again to please help her. The man yelled for Security to come help him.
In no way was the lady rude or disorderly. She was simply asking for ice. (The Red Cross had 3 FULL trucks of ice sitting there.) Needless to say, THEY DID NOT HELP HER!! One of the emergency officials asked the guy why he didn’t help the lady, and he would not answer.

Not 15 minutes later, a news crew pulled up to the building. Immediately, the Red Cross opened the doors of the trucks and started passing out ice. The minute the news crew left, the Red Cross shut the doors of the trucks and stopped distributing ice.
I was so angry and speechless, I didn’t know what to do. I WILL BE CONTACTING the U.S. Attorney General, MS Attorney General, MS Governor, and MS Sec. of State (<–he’s over all charities in Mississippi) to let them about this. There were many authorities (MEMA AND FEMA) who witnessed this as well. They will also be contacting officials.

THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE, AND THEY NEED TO BE INVESTIGATED. I will tell you the Salvation Army is working their tails off down there. They are giving supplies and food to anyone and everyone, so this is reassuring. However, The American Red Cross needs to use the money they are being given to help out at all times, not just when news crews are present. I’m hoping this is an isolated case and not the case all over the gulf coast region, but it shouldn’t happen anywhere.

I hope this doesn’t offend anyone who works or has family/friends that work for the Red Cross. I do believe there are good people who work for the Red Cross, and the organization, as a whole, means well. However, this is not acceptable.

If this upsets you, I’m sorry. PLEASE DO NOT email me yelling about this and telling me what all the Red Cross has done in a positive manner. I understand, but the government needs to be aware of what happened. This isn’t a time to save ice when people are literally dying.


* Visit your group “gautiermissingpersons? on the web.



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