This year, give where it will do some good

Christmas is coming. Think about these.

As you open your pockets for the next natural disaster, please keep these facts in mind:

  • The American Red Cross President and CEO Marsha J. Evans salary for the year was $651,957 plus expenses
  • The United Way President Brian Gallagher receives a $375,000 base salary along with numerous expense benefits.
  • UNICEF CEO Caryl M. Stern receives $1,200,000 per year (100k per month) plus all expenses including a ROLLS ROYCE . Less than 5 cents of your donated dollar goes to the cause.

You should be able to look up this information in their Form 990s on www.irs.gov but when I made a call to IRS to ask 800-876-1715 told me that they do not have the information on their web site. I was accessing it there two or three years ago, so it has been removed. You can look it up on GuideStar.org but they are self-reporting there. We are verifying these salaries at this time.

OR YOU CAN PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE IT WILL DO SOME GOOD IN YOUR OWN LOCAL COMMUNITY:

  • The Salvation Army’s Commissioner Todd Bassett receives a small salary of only $13,000 per year (plus housing) for managing this $2 billion dollar organization. 96 percent of donated dollars go to the cause.
  • The American Legion National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
  • The Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
  • The Disabled American Veterans National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
  • The Military Order of Purple Hearts National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
  • The Vietnam Veterans Association National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

And I might humbly add, The Adult Life Training public charity in Fort Wayne has been serving the community for almost a decade now, and they are and always have been an all volunteer organization. They help displaced workers, recovering addicts, wounded warriors, and any other community member who needs help getting the job skills they need to join or rejoin the workforce, for free. Neither the CEO nor the staff have ever been paid a salary, and helping them in their mission is a very appropriate way you can give a gift that outlasts the wrapping paper this year. http://alt-fw.org. You may designate the way you want your donation to be used, or leave it undesignated and it will be applied where needed most.


Krokodil: avoid it

Let us hope we don’t see this drug in the US. A new mix of chemicals has started to sweep Russia as a cheaper substitute for Heroin. It is made from various pain killers, pain thinner, and other things:

The drug, whose name means ‘crocodile’ – reportedly a reference to the way it turns users’ skin scaly – also rots their brains.

Krokodil is a sickening cocktail of over the counter painkillers, paint thinner, acid and phosphorus. In some cases, petrol is also added.

The resulting mixture is called desomorphine – a derivative of morphine – and is extremely addictive.

The article says it is

A deadly drug which rots the flesh of users – and kills the majority of addicts within a year of their first hit – is spreading across Europe.

Krokodil originated in Russia but is now reportedly on sale in Germany – where several deaths have been blamed on its use – leading the Czech Republic’s national drug agency to warn of its dangers.

Dubbed ‘the drug that eats junkies’, it rots from the inside, causing such severe damage to tissue that users suffer from gangrenous sores which open all the way to the bone.

Link to the article follows.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2063224/Curse-Krokodil-Fears-home-Heroin-thats-rotting-Russian-addicts-flesh-spreads-Europe.html

NOTE: 2013-10-15 Fox News says it is in the Us now. http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/09/26/first-cases-flesh-eating-drug-krokodil-surface-in-us/