http://www.salon.com/2012/10/30/romneys_unhelpful_storm_relief/singleton/ This undoubtedly comes from a good place and with good intentions, but is hardly a substitute for the relief efforts in fact, it may actually hinder them. The Red Cross, for which Romney is soliciting donations, doesnt even accept goods. Unfortunately, due to logistical constraints the Red Cross does not accept or solicit individual donations or collections of items. Items such as collected food, used clothing and shoes must be sorted, cleaned, repackaged and transported which impedes the valuable resources of money, time, and personnel, the NGOs website explains. With financial donations, they can buy exactly what is needed closer to the site, and it helps stimulate the local economy in the process. As Stacy Palmer, the editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy, explained to NPR last year after Japans tsunami, Lots of people coming in with lots of donated goods often, instead of helping, gets in the way of really efficient disaster recovery.