Thursday, November 21, 2013

Coke; more caring than Catholics?

As I'm sure we all know, Typhoon Yolanda slammed into the Philippines. It was one of the largest
storms ever recorded, and the death and damage estimates were astronomical. Haiyan hit land, caused horrific damage, and death toll is estimated to be in the neighborhood of 10,000.

With such a big disaster, the survivors desperately need help. Many have donated, and those donations are doing some much needed good. Well... Most of the donations are, anyway.

God the Father Foundation, Inc. has donated about 13,000 rosaries to the victims. Because, you know... rosaries are great for shelter and are oh so delicious. Every time there is a disaster, why is it that some church group has to donate Bibles of the like to the survivors, rather than food and water?

They are giving them something they don't need. They are not actually helping, but act like they are performing a service. It's especially annoying when it's not a predominately Christian country. In those cases, it's like they're saying "This happened because you're all heathens. So read this to keep it from happening again." Disgusting. They may say they are trying to provide hope. But you know what gives a person that survived something like this hope? Something that will reassure them that they won't starve or have to live out in the open. Something like food, water, or temporary shelter.

And in some alternate universe, Filipinos eat rosaries?
These groups that donate Bibles or rosaries instead of actual aid should be ashamed. And they should surprisingly, look at Coca-Cola for an example. Coke has announced that they would stop spending money on advertising effective November 18th. With Christmas just around the corner... a time when Coke does a ton of advertising. In fact, Coke's Santa and polar bear adverts have become a regular and anticipated part of the holiday season. So what would cause then to make such a surprising decision.

Coca-Cola will instead be diverting the funds toward the Philippine relief effort. So far, Coke has donated $2.5 million in cash, $600,000 in bottled water, and $1 million to the Red Cross. Sure, Coke will get a ton of great press from this, but it's still an awesome thing that they are doing. So perhaps this Catholic group that pretends to mold the moral high ground could learn a thing or two from a soft drink company.

-Brain Hulk

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