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grocery donations for hurricane victims

Original post made by resident, College Terrace, on Oct 31, 2012

Mitt Romney is organizing grocery donations to give to the hurricane victims. Are any of the local Romney offices doing collections?

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Posted by James
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

Do not take supplies to a Romney office (if you can even FIND one!) Take donations to Second Harvest, and send money to Red Cross for Sandy relief.

The Romney campaign is doing the EXACT OPPOSITE of what the American Red Cross requests: Web Link

"Unfortunately, due to logistical constraints the Red Cross does not accept or solicit individual donations or collections of items. Items such as collected food, used clothing and shoes must be sorted, cleaned, repackaged and transported which impedes the valuable resources of money, time, and personnel.

The Red Cross does accept bulk quantities of product and services when these items meet our service delivery needs. These donations typically come from manufacturers, suppliers, and/or distributors that can package the items in bulk, palletize them and transport them directly to Red Cross sites. Financial contributions allow the Red Cross to purchase exactly what is needed for a disaster relief operation. Monetary donations also enable the Red Cross to purchase relief supplies close to the disaster site which avoids delays and transportation costs in getting basic necessities to disaster victims. Because the affected community has generally experienced significant economic loss, purchasing relief supplies in or close to the disaster site also helps to stimulate the weakened local economy."

The Romney campaign is doing the opposite of what the American Red Cross asks, simply for campaign optics:

"But the last-minute nature of the call for donations left some in the campaign concerned that they would end up with an empty truck. So the night before the event, campaign aides went to a local Wal Mart and spent $5,000 on granola bars, canned food, and diapers to put on display while they waited for donations to come in, according to one staffer. (The campaign confirmed that it "did donate supplies to the relief effort," but would not specify how much it spent.)" Web Link

Romney should answer questions about his proposal to eliminate FEMA.

He was asked 14 times why he wants to eliminate FEMA.

Romany, while a charitable man, is terrible for America - just ask Chris Christie and his new BFF, President Barack Obama.