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Thu Oct 5, 2017, 01:48 AM

Why Puerto Rico donations lag behind fundraising for Harvey, Irma victims

Hurricane Maria has wrecked the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, causing a near shut-down of the island’s economy and leaving most of its 3.4 million citizens without power and other vital goods and services.

But as contributions soar to homegrown fundraising efforts for victims of Sunday's Las Vegas shooting, those devastated by Maria have seen comparatively small donations especially when compared to money raised for those affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, according to groups contacted by USA TODAY.

— The Red Cross reports that it has collected $350 million in donations and pledges so far to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey, which slammed Houston and environs. It has received $45 million for Irma victims, and $9 million for Maria.

— Catholic Charities reports that it has distributed $2 million to its agencies in Texas, $2.4 million in Florida $10,000 in Louisiana and $1.2 million to Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands.

Read more: http://www.gosanangelo.com/story/money/2017/10/04/puerto-rico-donations-lag-behind-fundraising-harvey-irma-victims-vegas-shooting/731955001/

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Thu Oct 5, 2017, 05:33 AM

1. Red Cross is being trashed over Harvey, no one is giving the money to do nothing

 

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Thu Oct 5, 2017, 05:56 AM

2. I think there is also a bit of giving fatigue.

Budgets can only be stretched so far before people have to curtail their generosity. People that were not directly affected by the hurricanes were indirectly hit with higher costs, particularly for gasoline. I wouldn't be surprised if the economy actually contracted on a nationwide basis during this the latest quarter of this year.

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