Red Cross opens additional shelter

The Mid-South Chapter of the American Red Cross has opened another shelter for incoming victims of Hurricane Katrina.  The Grand Casino Hotel offered their convention center last Sunday to be used as an American Red Cross Shelter.  As of Tuesday night, approximately 400 people were being housed in that shelter and it is at capacity.

In light of this situation, Trinity Baptist Church, located at 7200 Swinnea Road in Southaven, MS, has opened their doors as a shelter to aid the local Red Cross Chapter in housing more victims as they come into the Mid-South area.

"As always, there is a need for financial donations to help supply the assistance needed for the victims of Hurricane Katrina," stated Rick Roberts, Director of Communications for the Mid-South Chapter of the American Red Cross.  "But we are beginning to see a need that is growing among the victims for toiletry items…deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, wash rags…donated items of that nature would be extremely helpful."

Mid-Southerners wishing to donate these items can deliver them to the Mid-South Chapter office located at 1400 Central Avenue (next door to the University Country Club.