Why won the Red Cross accept donations of items such as clothing, food or cleaning supplies– doesn every little bit help?

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Why won the Red Cross accept donations of items such as clothing, food or cleaning supplies– doesn every little bit help?

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The Red Cross does not accept donations of material items (called “in-kind” donations) because receipt of such items can actually hamper relief efforts. The financial and personnel costs of receiving, sorting, transporting goods and ensuring the quality and cleanliness of items donated from individual households is very high. It does not allow for individuals and families to receive what they uniquely need in their own size and shape. The traditional method of providing Red Cross assistance is with a voucher, redeemable at local stores and paid for with donated dollars, that enables victims to purchase what they need in the correct size and in accordance with their own taste. Making even these small decisions helps individuals begin to take control of their lives and their recovery. In addition, this process helps channel money into the local economy and thus aids the community in recovery from disaster. The Red Cross does accept large corporate donations of food, bottled water and oth

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