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Is it safe to donate money through Red Cross?

Asked by edimarco93 (78points) March 16th, 2011

I was wondering if someone were to donate a sum of money to the Earthquake/Tsunami relief in Japan, through the iTunes Red Cross relief fund, would it actually help the Japanese or would somebody else profit?

Thank you for your answers (if any)!

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dxs's avatar

Yes. I was just watching a news report on Japan relief donation scams. They said that anything red cross was fine and trustworthy. I can’t find the link to it, but I didn’t really look that hard so you’ll probably find it if you want it.

Adagio's avatar

You could always just go straight to the Red Cross website, eliminating any intermediary, if you are unsure.

Aethelwine's avatar

I support the Red Cross. They helped our neighborhood by supplying food for two days when a tornado damaged our town and left us without power. The money is put to good use.

Phobia's avatar

I would like to point out one thing though. Any excess money that has been donated won’t go to the cause you’ve chosen, but will still go to people in need.

Though, I’m sure they still need plenty of help in Japan right now.

Adagio's avatar

@Phobia Any excess money it has been donated won’t go to the cause you’ve chosen…...

On this occasion though, in the case of Japan, it is hard to imagine there being such a thing as excess money.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

I donated to the Red Cross a couple days ago. They let me choose where I wanted the money to go.

Rarebear's avatar

Red Cross is fine. I usually prefer to donate to MSF, but that’s personal preference.

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