Locals mixed on donating to Red Cross to help typhoon victims

Photo Credit: European Commission DG ECHO
Photo Credit: European Commission DG ECHO

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Philippine Red Cross has an evacuation center up to give housing to the more than 330,000 people left homeless by Typhoon Haiyan.

People in Myrtle Beach, like Adrian Small, are connecting to those suffering.

"I definitely have compassion for them over there," Small said. "It makes me want to do more."

Four U.S. Red Cross representatives are being brought to the Philippines to assess the damage and determine the need. In the meantime, the organization is asking for donations to help support these victims.

Not everyone who spoke to WMBF News said they feel all that comfortable to give money to a foreign disaster. Some are worried how their donation might be spent.

"A lot of monetary donations can get misappropriated," said Erik Rossi from Horry County. "A lot of times we send foreign aid to other countries and it gets taken up by the government and never reaches the people."

Cindy Lomax, also from Horry County, said she would give if she had the money, but feels more comfortable with giving physical supplies instead of cash.

According to Nanci Conley with the local chapter of the American Red Cross, the organization practices donor intent, meaning those donating let the Red Cross know exactly where they want their money to go.

Donations can be made by calling the local chapter at (843) 477-0020 or online at redcross.org.

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