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Gulf Coast Communities Still Need Help from Santa Cruz

Local resident Curtis Reliford will be returning to the Gulf Coast region for a second trip to supply much-needed supplies. I have begun traveling through the region in advance to see what supplies are needed where.
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Yesterday, we stopped in Winnie, where a community center has been working with the Red Cross to serve the community and displaced Katrina survivors. While the shelter should be closing soon, many of the remaining survivors still do not know where their family is and have nohwere to go. The Red Cross volunteers expressed a need for adult-sized diapers and and tarps.
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Today we traveled further East and saw more severe destruction. In Nederland we found Triumph Church, which had its sign blown over but is serving as a major relief center for the surroundign area. We met with Daemon Scapin, the head pastor, who told us that they have been feeding thousands of people each day. The will be shifting their strategy from providing first-response aid (food, water, and medicine) to providing and transporting supplies that will assist residents in cleaning up their homes. Any clean-up supplies, such as brooms, mops, Raid, chain saws, etc. are requested. Other needed items include new bedsheets, socks, underwear, razors, and other personal items. The surrounding areas are very poor and still will be without electricity for the next few weeks.
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Futher north on I-69, outside of Beaumont, we found hundreds of cars parked at the Church of the Rock where more residents were registering for aid and recieving meals. We met with Robert Benlien, a pastor there who is coordinating supplies. When asked what supplies they need, he replied, "everything." Apparantly, all they have recieved from FEMA is napkins and paper towels.

This report was posted from the internet station set up at Church of the Rock. More updates in the future.
Local resident Curtis Reliford, a community organizer and founder of "Brothers Teaching Brothers, will be returning to the Gulf Coast region for a second trip to supply much-needed supplies. (See also: santacruz.indymedia.org/newswire/display/18673/index.php ) I have begun traveling through the region in advance to see what supplies are needed where.

The past few days we have been traveling through Texas to find shelters, mostly serving Hurrican Rita survivors.
 
 


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Re: Gulf Coast Communities Still Need Help from Santa Cruz

Curtis Reliford was again at the town clock this Saturday 10/8/05. I suppose he will be there Sunday as well.
 

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