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Branson Aid For Katrina Refugees

Crossings Updated Information For Katrina Victims and Local Business's

There are many local efforts underway to help the victims of Katrina. The Branson EDGE is dedicating communication resources to these efforts Ė questions concerns and comments will be forwarded through (800) 520-0852. On the local front the Salvation Army is hosting a temporary base for the American Red Cross. Refugee numbers are estimated at 160. Victims of Katrina are asked to report to the Salvation Army in midtown Branson. The church office is located next to Garrs Gas Station. Basic amenities are bein distributed and special cards are being issued which enable access to the generous resources being provided by local establishments. For security reasons photographs of the cards are not included on this website. An estimated 200 community leaders met last week to coordinate resources to help hurricane survivors.

The address is 1114 Stanely Blvd. They can be reached by phone at (417) 339-4434.

Refugees are being placed on the national registry at the Red Cross so loved ones can be assured of family memberís safety. The Salvation Army and Red Cross are coordinating efforts to provide refugee access to basic supplies, emergency housing, health care, social services and employment. The local office has stated the following immediate needs:

1. Personal Hygiene Items

2. Diapers

3. Baby Food

4. Socks

5. Underwear

These items will be received with gratititude at the Stanely facility. Donations made to the Red Cross and Salvation Army are being funneled to the national effort. The local Salvation Army has requested that donations made to assist the local refugee relief effort should be cleary marked in the memo section of donation checks.

Numerous solo efforts from businessís are being made in addition to the local support effort. Businessís wanted to assist with the local effort have been instructed to contact Wyli Barnes, Director of Governmental and Public Affairs at the Branson Chamber (417) 334-4084 Ext 340.

The Woodland Hills community church is co-ordinating with the Southern Baptist Association and will be sending a convoy later in the week. Unlike New Orleans there are pockets along the coast that have little or no support. The convoy and delivery of supplies are being distributed to five hot spots that are in desperate needs.

Please call 800-520-0852 to report information to be updated to this site - or contact the BransonEDGE via e-mail