In a Large-Scale Emergency, Why Does the Red Cross Ask for Money Instead of Donations of Food, Clothing or Other Supplies?

Marylou Scott-Smith
Marylou Scott-Smith
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In a Large-Scale Emergency, Why Does the Red Cross Ask for Money Instead of Donations of Food, Clothing or Other Supplies?

Over a century of experience has proven that the best way to support Canadian Red Cross disaster responses in Canada or around the world is through a financial donation. This gives us maximum flexibility to obtain exactly what relief materials we need, when and where we need them. We do not accept donations from individuals of items like food, clothing or toys because there are tremendous transportation costs involved in shipping these items. Local purchases of food and clothing are more culturally appropriate and effective. Click here to donate now.