Questions are being raised in Orange County’s large Vietnamese American community about what happened to $200,000 donated to Hurricane Sandy victims, reports the OC Register.
Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen expressed concern in a letter written to Vietnamese Interfaith Council in America. She urged the group to send the money to New York immediately.
But the Council says it doesn’t want to send the money until it gets the chance to share with the Sandy victims the Vietnamese American experience of escaping Vietnam to come to America.
“This is a way we pay back America with all our heart,” Neil Nguyen, Vice President of the Interfaith Council said.
Concern intensified after the Council said the actual amount raised was $169,000 instead of the $200,000 originally announced.
“One of the reasons I’m sending the letter is people are still questioning why can’t they send the money they have and what happened to the difference,” Nguyen said in an interview.