11-30-2012   4 comments

Hello from the newly  christened Christmas elf.  I mentioned yesterday that I was thinking about setting up  the Christmas tree as a surprise for my better-half.  She wasn’t only surprised but stunned.  As I predicted things began to happen as we talked all nite about getting into the attic tomorrow and unloading a few dozen boxes of decorations.  Guess what we’re doing today.  That’s right, putting them up.  I’ll be needing a lot of D&D coffee for sure and quite possible a toddy or two later this evening.  Christmas is fun  but after a straight eight hours of it I get quite the headache.

Now that I’ve been made an official elf I plan on spreading more Christmas cheer among my readers by supplying them with information that is rarely publically admitted.  I’m all for giving and donating doing the holidays and I’m a huge supporter of any organization that makes an effort to help the less fortunate.  I’m also realistic enough to be somewhat skeptical as to where my donations go and whose reaping the benefits from them.  The following list might help you decide what organizations will get your donated dollars in the future. As you open your pocketbooks for the next natural disaster, or the Christmas season, please keep these facts in mind:

The American Red Cross President and CEO Marsha J. Evans’ salary for the 2011 was $951,957 plus expenses.

The United Way President Brian Gallagher receives a $675,000 base salary along with numerous expense benefits.

UNICEF CEO Caryl M. Stern receives $1,900,000 per year (158K) per month, plus all expenses including a ROLLS ROYCE.

That list of money-grubbing bureaucrat salaries should shock you a little.  Now for the list that really matters. 

The Salvation Army’s Commissioner Todd Bassett receives a salary of only $13,000 per year (plus housing) for managing this $2 billion dollar organization.

The American Legion National Commander receives a $0.00 salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

The Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander receives a $0.00 salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

The Disabled American Veterans National Commander receives a $0.00 salary.

The Military Order of Purple Hearts National Commander receives a $0.00 salary.

The Vietnam Veterans Association National Commander receives a $0.00 salary.

I know that you work as hard for you money as I do and you really care enough to help when you can.  Bear this information in mind when your donating.  It’s much more important for donated funds to actually help less fortunate people than to pay bloated salaries to a bunch of bureaucrats. 

4 responses to “11-30-2012

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  1. It sucks that there are people like that, who make all that money off people’s donations. You just never know. I try to do my research but even if not every penny goes where it needs to, at least I know that I felt was right.

  2. Everybody has to make a living! I wish I was smart enough to get one of the first few!

  3. Yeh, Yeh, Yeh whatever!

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