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Q: Red Cross ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Red Cross
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: happygranny5-ga
List Price: $2.50
Posted: 06 Sep 2005 16:55 PDT
Expires: 06 Oct 2005 16:55 PDT
Question ID: 564997
Is it true that people who are helped by the Red Cross are asked to
pay them back when they are able?
Subject: Re: Red Cross
Answered By: justaskscott-ga on 06 Sep 2005 18:41 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hello happygranny5,

"There is absolutely no charge for any Red Cross disaster assistance. 
All disaster assistance is free -- a gift from the American people. 
No repayment is required or expected."

"Red Cross Service Centers Providing Emergency Assistance" (August 24, 2004)
American Red Cross,1072,0_312_3163,00.html

However, loans for certain emergencies are repaid:

"Emergency Financial Assistance - When urgent problems require the
presence of the service member or his or her family, the Red Cross may
provide an interest-free loan or a grant for travel expenses.  These
funds, which may be authorized for other emergencies as well, are
disbursed on the basis of need.  Ninety-five percent of all loans made
to military families are repaid."

"Emergency Services"
American Red Cross: Heart of Tennessee Chapter

- justaskscott

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happygranny5-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Thanks very much.

Subject: Re: Red Cross
From: sogar-ga on 07 Sep 2005 16:38 PDT
While the Red Cross may not charge the individual, in my former
occupation, I regularly received briefings which stated that Red Cross
charges states for the cost of disaster services provided, to include
blood and blood products.

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