the "American" Red Cross as there are several using the Red Cross moniker. What I use to vet a charity is
Charity Navigator so here's now the American Red Cross fares with them. When I was younger, I visited their downtown blood donation location on a regular basis. I got free cookies and juice to replace what I'd lost. A bout of lymphoma made me permanently deferred so I cannot return. However, they've been using a robo-call system weekly asking for blood that I'm not allowed to donate. As for slow response times, I need to wonder if some of the larger organizations are beginning to experience issues with creeping bureaucratic type issues where they can longer just jump in with both feet to offer help. The little guy with a big heart and a rowboat doesn't even need to think about such things.
I've noticed that the Red Cross is increasingly asking for monetary donations or similar. It certainly provides across the board access to buying whatever is needed but also allows one to question just is happening to these funds. The main administrator that runs RC is paid a handsome salary and considering this is an .ORG providing help when needed, it comes across to generous for a salary and other benefits. Not only that but apparently the lack luster responses as well and even then the volunteers provide their help free. Now this Yahoo article furthers erodes confidence.
You would think the RC being around a long time would know how to respond or provided services quickly and readily once a disaster is upon them. Something is amiss. -----Willy
Note: Moderator edited title for spelling.