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Aug 8, 2016

Financial Assistance Can Be Forwarded to the Belize Red Cross

Lily Bowman

Since the hurricane, a number of Go-Fund Me accounts have been opened, soliciting financial assistance for hurricane victims. Here at Channel Five, we have been inundated with requests of where to direct funding. The Belize Red Cross says that they prefer cash over goods.

 

Lily Bowman, Executive Director, Belize Red Cross

“From the Diaspora, I know a lot of people want to buy stuff and send them down.  It is a little cumbersome and it costs the Red Cross when it gets here.  Unless they take care of everything then we prefer to say collect money, send it down, so we could invest it back in the economy.  And when we said we’re looking at shelter, we’re not building houses.  We’re not looking for material for building roofs.  However we are looking at the feasibility of helping in an alternative manner, giving people the dignity to go and purchase the things that they need.”

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