Mercy in the face of adversity isn't supposed to be a competition. But a Texas good samaritan learned quickly just how competitive charitable giving can be.

Lindsay Scott spent her own money and time preparing 400 hamburgers for air-delivery to Hurricane Harvey survivors.

Then the Red Cross decided to show up at the airport.

"I’m astonished at the behavior of the Red Cross husband/wife team at the mid-county Jack Brooks airport yesterday," Scott posted on Facebook. "Who together accosted me and took turns berating me because I was trying to bring 400 warm hamburgers to our hungry evacuees, who according to them did not need the food because they had 'already had a sandwich.' Yes, they had 1 sandwich in 24 hours. They were desperate for a hot meal! The Red Cross proceeded to try and load the warm, ready to eat burgers into an ice chest."

Scott added that the pilot, "who had donated his time, fuel, money, plane and arranged the delivery of the burgers was horrified at not being able to serve them (he actually came to volunteer as well). I confess I just stood there with my mouth gaping open, fighting back tears while they told me that I did not know what I was doing and they had not even seen me volunteering. This is not a normal reaction for me but either exhaustion or pregnancy hormones got the best of me because I simply couldn’t find the words to fight back."

What authority does a charitable agency such as the Red Cross have to interfere with another charitable operation?

None.

What law did Scott break with her generosity?

None that we can see.

People often tend to forget that professional charities like the Red Cross are essentially non-profit businesses that run on private donations.

A natural disaster such as a hurricane translates into lots of private donations.

Where does Red Cross money go?

"A study released by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) concluded that the Red Cross had spent $124 million — one-quarter of the money donors gave for earthquake relief in Haiti in 2010 — on internal expenses," according to National Public Radio (NPR).

NPR also reported that a Red Cross executive doesn't know what portion of donations went to Harvey relief.

But the money has to go somewhere.

It's disheartening when people willfully ignore others in distress. It's unnerving when supposedly top-rated nonprofits stand in the way of other charitable giving efforts for no apparent reason other than money and resources.

Think twice about where your money goes when you hear the clanging of the hand-held bell this Christmas season.

Do you think it is wrong when a charity stands in the way of another charity trying to deliver help to people in need?

 
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