Red Cross works to house evacuees - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Red Cross works to house evacuees

They're temporary Mid-Southerners, displaced by a hurricane, and looking for help. They're people like Brenda McGrew of New Orleans.

"And some people are going about their lives, celebrating Labor Day, and some of us don't know where we're going to live or eat," says McGrew.

The American Red Cross office in Memphis has been inundated with people just like Brenda. They're filling out forms, getting food and water, and even some counseling. And the number of those seeking assistance has only increased.

"A lot are just getting to shelters and being told the red cross can help you, and that's what we're here to do," says Rick Robert with the Mid-South Chapter of the American Red Cross.

The center on Central Avenue has served between 700 and a thousand people per day. And every person has a story.

"In my sleep every night--when I wake up I'm crying and thinking about him," says Edward King of New Orleans.

King's twin brother is still missing in New Orleans. Their birthday is a little more than a week away.

"And you know what--but for the grace of God it could be Memphis, Tennessee or anywhere else on this planet," says Sherrye Webster.

Webster is a native Memphian. She lost her home in Bay St. Louis Mississippi. Back in her hometown, she's glad to have a support system like this. It's support that will not cease until the last person is served.

The American Red Cross is opening a new service center in Southaven. It's located at 8791 Northwest Drive.

Their hours will be from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

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