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Disaster Relief Donations That Don’t Bring Relief

Many of the items we Americans donate in times of disaster turn out to be of no use to those in need. Sometimes, they even get in the way of humanitarian workers doing their job under difficult circumstances. Scott Simon of NPR reports on the useless, often incomprehensible contributions that constitute what aid workers call “the second disaster.”

The video does an excellent job highlighting why in-kind gifts often hinder or harm recovery.  Watch and share this video:

A note below, related to this topic, from Peter Gudiatis who is the president and CEO of National Disaster Interfaiths Network:

“After today’s meetings with the PR governor’s office. Puerto Rico is already so overwhelmed with shipping containers (150) and plane loads of donated goods that they have no place to safely store or sort it – and, limited means to move it The word is that Puerto Rico will ban the importing of non-pre-requested and approved donated goods tomorrow – cash only from now on.”

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