Asking for help: Joe Mathis, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross of Alaska, listens to Kelly Hurd, community relations manager for the group, talk about how the nonprofit service organization needs support.
..."These big disasters bring disasters to local chapters," said Kelly Hurd, community relations manager of American Red Cross of Alaska.
The Asian tsunami is the last straw," Hurd
"We cannot keep any of the money," Hurd
said many people have the misperception that the American Red Cross
receives federal funding for its programs.
"In 1900, the U.S. Congress
granted the American Red Cross
a charter, making the volunteer organization responsible for providing services to members of the U.S. armed forces and relief to disaster victims at home and abroad," Hurd
"The charter mandates that the organization provide certain services to the American people, but the American Red Cross
is not a government agency.Nor does it receive federal funding on a regular basis," she
said 90 percent of the chapter's funding comes from private donations.
"Each year, the American Red Cross of Alaska
provides emergency assistance to about 1,400 Alaskans that have lost everything in a disaster," Hurd