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Albany Red Cross shelter home for two dozen

September 1, 2005

Albany- Hundreds of people who escaped Mississippi and Louisiana before Hurricane Katrina hit remain stranded in our area. A couple of dozen are staying in a shelter in Albany where the Red Cross is trying to keep them comfortable as they search for other housing.

Cots at the Red Cross Shelter have been moved from a hot gymnasium to an air conditioned fellowship hall. The Red Cross is doing its best to transform the Beattie Road Church of Christ into home.

"MediaCom's pitched in, we have two cable TV drops now for the clients here," said Ken Adams, American Red Cross Disaster Services.

South Georgians have dropped off goods and the church has collected more than a thousand dollars to help Katrina's victims, but more is needed.

"Several things they need is bottled water, some food snacks, we have some small children here, juice drinks for the kids and crackers and snacks," said Adams.

Those staying at the Church of Christ are simply grateful. "The center's been very good to me. The Red Cross they're feeding us, we're able to shower, we're able to have somewhere to rest our head, we're very thankful we're here," said Ivory Williams of New Orleans.

Blackbeards brought a catfish dinner and Friday family assistance representatives will help with a more permanent solution.

"Right now it's going to be immediate shelter, temporary and maybe long term temporary shelter needs," said Adams.

"We're going to have to be here for a few days and they're going to work something out where we can have somewhere, you know something to set us up for a while until we can think about what we want to do," said Williams.

But victims' thoughts remain on their family members still missing like Ivory's two nephews Gary and James Williams and her niece Michelle Sims. She hopes the lines of communication will open soon and she can find out more about her family left behind.

Several restaurants are offering free meals to evacuees. All they need to do is show their driver's license for a meal at The Rocket, Dairy Queen in East Albany, Burger King, Johnny Carino's, and Moe's.

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