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Red Cross gives hope to hurricane victims

September 7, 2005

Valdosta - The Red Cross is looking for ways to better accommodate hurricane victims.

Emergency workers and community and school leaders met Wednesday to discuss how they can help victims of Hurricane Katrina who are staying in Valdosta. About a dozen Gulf Coast residents are currently staying at the Central Avenue Church of Christ Shelter, but the Red Cross is looking for a larger facility to provide more long term housing.

"We can always do a better job, but considering the people that have come in, the amount of goods and money that's been donated, this community has really risen to the task and done a great job," said Walter Hobgood, Red Cross Chairman.

Displaced students have enrolled in the Lowndes County and Valdosta City School systems.

Some apartment complexes are also opening up vacant rooms for hurricane victims.

The Red Cross in Albany is increasing benefits for Hurricane Katrina evacuees. The organization is cutting checks for evacuees so they can secure long-term housing.

To qualify, hurricane victims must go to the Beattie Road Church of Christ and complete the necessary paperwork.

A spokesperson for the Red Cross said the organization's goal is to see that all evacuees find lodging so the shelter can be closed.

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