The media reported this morning that people could purchase items from a wish list set up by the American Red Cross on Amazon. The media did not investigate this list — nor did the American Red Cross. Your money can go further most of the time by donating directly to non-profits. As the Red Cross is not the only organization helping victims of Hurricane Harvey, many legitimate organizations exist in which you can donate locally.
The following is a list of items from the Red Cross on Amazon wish list along with their current prices and quantity requested verses the prices of which these can be bought elsewhere. Prices were compared at Sam’s and Walmart for the same item or an item that was comparable.
Frito-Lay Variety Pack, Classic Mix, 30 pack- 51.5 oz
At Amazon: $13.30 x 5000 (150,000 packs) = $66,500.00. For the same amount — At Walmart: $11.96 x 3750 = $44,850 (includes two 20-count packs per) or Sam’s Club (50-pack): $12.78 x 3000 =$38,340.00. A savings of $28,160.00 going with Sam’s Club.
Austin Cookies and Crackers Variety Pack, 45 Count
At Amazon: $12.09 x 5000 = $60,450.00 For a similar item and same amount — Sam’s Club (Lance Sandwich Cracker Variety Pack 40-ct $7.98 + Nabisco Cookie Variety Pack 24 ct $6.73): $14.71 (per both) x 3516 =$51,720.36. A savings of $8,729.64.
Stretch Island Fruit Leather Variety Pack 48-Count — Not even sure about this.
White 20-gallon tubs
At Amazon: $28.19 x 2350 = $66,246.50. For a similar item and same amount at Walmart: (Sterilite 20-Gallon Latch Tote Red) $6.94 x 2350 = $16,309. Out-of-stock but surely Walmart has the resources to fulfill these quickly in an emergency. A savings of $49,937.50.
Grey 20-gallon tubs
At Amazon: $34.69 X 2500 = $86,725.00. For a similar item and same amount at Walmart: (Sterilite 20-Gallon Latch Tote Green) $6.94 x 2350 = $16,309. Out-of-stock but surely Walmart has the resources to fulfill these quickly in an emergency. A savings of $70,416.00.
Lysol Disinfecting Wipes, Lemon & Lime Blossom, 320ct (4X80ct)
If these are $3.08 at Amazon, we all need to open our own Lysol wipe store. A 105ct is $2.27 at Walmart. Order these and you may get an 80-ct. Something is not right about the price.
“Be Smart Get Prepared 250 Piece First Aid Kit”
At Amazon: $21.99 x 2000 = $43,980. For a similar item, same company, and same amount at Walmart: $15.99 x 2000 = $31980.00. A savings of $12,000.00.
Coleman 28-Quart Cooler With Bail Handle
At Amazon $29.99 x 400 = $11,996.00. At Walmart: $19.00 x 400 = $7600.00. A savings of $7600.00. $4396.00
A Grand Savings of $169,243.14 without any sort of discounts.
To donate or volunteer directly to organizations you could choose the following or your local church or other organization:
NVOAD: nvoad.org to donate or volunteer.
Red Cross: redcross.org to donate.
Salvation Army: helpsalvationarmy.org to donate.
Samaritan’s Purse: samaritanspurse.org to donate or volunteer.
SBC Disaster Relief: namb.net to donate.
*I have reached out to both the Red Cross and Walmart.