For more than a block around Jubilee Mennonite Church Friday morning scores of storm victims lined the streets. Starting at 10 a.m. Red Cross officials began meeting one-on-one with the victims to work out details on providing financial assistance for them.
Some of those in line say they arrived at least two hours early just to get close to the front. Meanwhile, many of the victims expressed serious concerns about the way that overall relief efforts are being handled.
"It's very humiliating for you to keep going back and forward and they turn you back around," says New Orleans evacuee Brenda Chaney. "It's just very humiliating! It's like we're beggars or something, and I worked all of my life!"
"We need to kind of stand by," says Brenda Chaney of Meridian, "and let those who're really in a desperate need get the money or what ever the government has provided for these people. Then, if there's anything left, let's look at the needs of us in our hometown."
Once the interview process began today Red Cross officials say the lines moved rather swiftly. Meanwhile, the Family Service Division of the Red Cross will continue to meet with victims on Saturday, September 10 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Jubilee Mennonite Church on 28th. Avenue.
Applications will not be accepted on Sunday.