The American Red Cross is one of those unappreciated entities unless you have been in situations like the house fire in Northeast Portland. They "provided lodging, food, clothing and other amenities to two adults and five dogs displaced by a house fire."
I have been in the situation where fire destroyed my residence and that of many others. The Red Cross provided necessary assistance, including money, to all who needed it. It is nearly impossible to convey the gratitude for their assistance. They do a difficult but needed job well.