Red Cross Offering Attack Donations Back

CLEVELAND - If you sent money to the American Red Cross after Sept. 11 to help the families affected by the Attack on America, you may be wondering where the money went. Well, you're not alone.

Many have complained to the Red Cross, forcing the organization to take action.

If you gave money to the Red Cross after the Sept. 11 attacks, and you want it back, you can have it. The agency has said that it will give refunds to anyone who requests one.

In the aftermath of the attacks, the Red Cross said that more than $111 million has been given to 25,000 separate families of victims and survivors of the blast.

It also claims to have served more than 9 million meals to rescue workers.

The attention being paid to the organization, however, has focused on the way post-attack contributions are being managed.

"I strongly oppose co-mingling of the monies raised in the aftermath of Sept. 11 with other Red Cross disaster funds," former Red Cross CEO Dr. Bernadine Healy said during her resignation speech.

Healy resigned following word that the organization wouldn't use all $500 million raised to help the victims of the attacks, instead keeping $200 million in reserve, in case of future attacks.

The Clevelanders with whom 19 News talked said that they were not happy with the Red Cross' decision.

"I heard about the United Way, and now the Red Cross, and it's very upsetting," fund contributor Jennifer Butler said. "It's very upsetting to me."

Even lawmakers on Capitol Hill have accused the group of taking advantage of the tragedy to bolster its budget.

The outcry has forced the Red Cross to make its refund offer.