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Glitch In Charity Rules Keep Benefits From LODD’s Families

But They Continue To Solicit Using The FF's Photos

THE TRAGIC MOTEL FIRE in Houston, Texas, last month that took the lives of four firefighters triggered an unprecedented outpouring of donations to the city's leading public service charity, The 100 Club.  The long established and respected local organization exists to provide security and assurance to the survivors and families of law enforcement officers and firefighters in the central Texas counties around Houston.

The 100 Club's logo is featured prominently beneath the
photos of the four fallen firefightes on this billboard.

But an embarrassing problem has arisen in this recent case because while the 100 Club has already disbursed some immediate cash benefits to the family of a firefighter who was injured in the blaze, none of the four who perished were married or had any children.  This presented a Catch-22 problem where thousands of people were sending in donations and the charity couldn't do anything with them except deposit them in the bank.

KTRK-TV Ch. 13 ran this video report Wednesday night about this unusual result and the charity's questionable decision on how to handle the situation:

 

There is a growing public pressure on the organization to change their rules to accommodate this sort of situation, but the 100 Club officers say that they are not (now anyway) contemplating doing so.

Read more on KTRK-TV's website HERE.

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  • Dal90

    I’ll sound like a heartless bastard…but what financial loss did the “families” incur?

    Money can’t replace the loss of a person, but we can cushion the financial loss of those dependent on him by things like insurance, LODD benefits, and the 100 Club.

    Could you update the “spouse and children” to include domestic partners or other dependents who receive regular financial support? Sure — you’ll have cases where a daughter may have been living at home and contributing to the household expenses.

    And organizations like the 100 Club can act faster the bureaucracies to meet relatively small but immediate needs such as covering travel expenses of family members who have to fly in for the funeral or to the hospital of an injured firefighter.

    But when someone is living an independent life, and there is no one who is going to experience a serious financial burden because they weren’t dependent on them…well, this shouldn’t be some form of somber lottery.