Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Americans donate millions to overseas natural disasters. But we never get paid back.

The United States has just experienced a devastating natural disaster. Hurricane Sandy pounded the densely populated eastern seaboard, killing over 55 people and causing upwards of 50 billion dollars in damage.

Already donations are pouring in from fellow Americans, but are we receiving any donations from people overseas? Nothing notable, as usual.

Recent studies show Americans are the most charitable people in the world. According to a global survey, Americans ranked #1 worldwide in likelihood to donate to charity, volunteer, or help a stranger. And we are always there to donate massive amounts of money to overseas relief efforts.

According to CNN, American citizens donating to the Red Cross alone donated 275 million dollars to the Haiti earthquake, 127 million dollars to the Asian tsunami, and 87 million dollars to the Japanese just the first 7 days of those natural disasters.

During the destructive earthquake in Haiti in 2010, the United States led the way with 466.8 million in aid. By comparison, Russia donated 5.7 million dollars, Indonesia donated 1.7 million dollars, and China donated...$290,000 dollars.

The United States, through government funded relief and private donations has spearheaded every major natural disaster relief effort in the past 50 years.

Will foreign nations donate to the relief effort to Hurricane Sandy the way we do for them when they experience devastating natural disasters? Not likely. They will continue to enjoy their American made internet, Facebook, Youtube, Google, Ipods, and Ipads. All products of the American people they say they hate, and the American people that continue to help them when they are in need.

1 comment:

Always On Watch said...

Rich uncles never have friends. Just sayin'.