“The disaster relief fund today is completely depleted. The balance is zero,” Jeffrey Towers, chief development officer, said in a conference call with reporters.
Towers added that the Red Cross “needs immediate funds to deploy in a variety of ways to provide the scale of services that this disaster demands.”
The Red Cross is congressionally chartered to provide disaster relief but operates largely on private donations. The depleted fund is a general reserve that is tapped whenever disasters strike. The financial situation does not affect employee salaries or the charity’s blood-collecting operations but could inhibit its ability to assist in disasters.
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