"Two massive storms pounded the United States, leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless, hungry or without power for days and weeks.

Americans did what they so often do after disasters. They sent hundreds of millions of dollars to the Red Cross, confident their money would ease the suffering left behind by Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Isaac. They believed the charity was up to the job.

They were wrong." stated Propublica

During Isaac, Red Cross supervisors ordered dozens of trucks usually deployed to deliver aid to be driven around nearly empty instead, “just to be seen,” one of the drivers, Jim Dunham, recalls.

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Actually, Red Cross will not tell you what percentage of your donations goes to the victims, as they do not want you to know that it is not much.

The Red Cross was created by a congressional charter and receives a range of special benefits from the U.S. government.

Richard Rieckenberg, a former disaster expert with the Red Cross, says the charity cares about the “appearance of aid, not actually delivering it.”

BRK personally spoke with Amanda Blaustein, an employee of a local Cabin company. She stated that Red Cross could not help a mom and her 3 year old with special needs and were forced to go elsewhere. The single mom was in tears and on the verge of sleeping in their car. Ms. Blaustein stated that her employer allowed them to stay in one of their cabins. I reached out to Red cross Executive Director both via phone and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and I have not gotten a response.

In a previous email contact with Red Cross, regarding these types of issues, she stated, "We're happy to work with credentialed reporters writing for reputable news organizations." They still have not answered my questions. My Translation: They will talk to media that will spin or not present all the facts for them due to heavy advertisement relationships on their tv channels.

The Red Cross has board members that are employees of local TV stations here in Knoxville.

The special needs child uses a breathing machine to sleep. I am happy to post Red Cross' side of the story. I was able to speak to an a Red Cross dispatch employee in another state, and she stated that it's most likely an untrue story as people do like like to sleep in shelters. The mother has since checked out of the cabin.

BRK ended up speaking directly to the mother.  She confirmed the story.


A report released by Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley concluded, "there are substantial and fundamental concerns about [the Red Cross] as an organization."  This was after Red Cross raised $500,000,000 and could not even partially fill an ambitious plan to build housing and ended up building just six permanent homes with $500,000,000, NPR and ProPublica found.


Other findings in Sen. Grassley's report:

  • The charity insisted to congressional investigators that $70 million spent on "program expenses" included funds to oversee and evaluate its Haiti programs. But Grassley's office found that the charity "is unable to provide any financial evidence that oversight activities in fact occurred."
  • Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern told Grassley's office the charity "gave [the Government Accountability Office] everything that they asked for" during an earlier review. The report, however, says the organization did not provide everything requested, "contrary to Ms. McGovern's multiple claims that it did."
  • The Red Cross has kept the charity's own internal investigations and ethics unit "severely undermanned and underfunded," the report says, and the charity "appears to be reluctant to support the very unit that is designed to police wrongdoing within the organization."


Do you remember Michelle Hankes? The now removed Executive director for American Red Cross of East Tennessee? The one who said on TV, after getting caught removing donations for wildfire survivors on day 1, that your "In kind" donations will stay in the area? But dodged the question when it came to whether or not THE CASH will stay in Tennessee?  She has resigned because her Doctor/family issues and said she could not take being executive director any longer because of her "health." But days later she takes the same position at March of Dimes - Tennessee Chapter.

As usual, she is naaaaasty. What a despicable woman for going on the news once again to deceive wildfire survivors.  I do not blame the volunteers. They are wonderful people and are the backbone of red cross.



Sue Russel in Gatlinburg witnessed Red Cross first hand:  "A lady drove from Georgia with a truck load of disposal diapers and was told they do not need them. Volunteers chased her down and told her to take them to the distribution center that was set up in Pigeon Forge. "


American Red Cross of East Tennessee has publicly stated they will show line by line budget of how the cash was spent. This was a lie and never took place, ever after BRK has made multiple requests.



In the 1927 Mississppi Floods ""Local Red Cross leaders held black refugees in what amounted to little more than slavery. Black refugees were forced to perform the heavy labor that supported the camps and were barred from escaping by National Guard members, who oversaw their work with guns at the ready. Whereas white refugees were placed in indoor facilities, black refugees were detained in outdoor camps on the levee and systematically denied adequate food and shelter, with little promise of their homes ever being rebuilt. "

Ron Dukarski: "I can no longer watch the corporate media stations. WVLT, WBIR, WATE...Their idea of news goes something like this:

Reporter: "We're speaking with so and so from Red Cross. People are worried you might be lying about your use of funds. Are you lying?
Red Cross: "Nope"
Reporter: "Ok, there you have it. Back to you, Bob!."


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