Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Tsunami dries up local charities

New Yorkers are neglecting local charities in favor of appeals for tsunami victims, according to a new report.

Since the tsunami, contributions have all but dried up at Love Our Children, a New York group that battles child abuse and neglect, according to Crain's New York Business.

"Everything is at risk right now," Ross Ellis, the charity's chief executive told the magazine. "Wherever you turn now, it's, 'Give money to tsunami relief.' People just are not giving to anything else."

At Bailey House, a New York charity that helps homeless people with AIDS, the number of donations dropped by 50 percent since the tsunami. Executive director Regina Quattrochi told Crain's, "I hate to be put in this position of seeming like we're competing with other human tragedies for funding."

God's Love We Deliver — a charity which delivers meals to seriously ill people — lost about $5,000 from two donors who decided to instead give that money to tsunami aid... [NY Post]